The scoreboard of the India-New Zealand three Test Series is 2-0 and India will be looking to make a complete whitewash and make a clean sweep of the series. Though there is not much interest since India already has the series in its pocket, it will have to face a resurgent opposition who will be trying its best to salvage some of its lost pride and going all out to win this Test.
New Zealand team has been plagued by injury and lack of experience but has gracefully put an intense fight as has been acknowledged by R Ashwin. New Zealand must be buoyed by the return of Captain Kane Williamson and India will be sorely missing their pace duo of Ishant Sharma and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar due to injuries. The regular Indian openers, K.L. Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan, are also not playing, and Gautam Ghambir will be making up for the loss.
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With the clash between the apex court and BCCI in the background, Captain Virat Kohli will have a big job ahead of him to keep the morale of his team-high despite the looming uncertainty. The Indian Team will have to capitalize on significant opportunities and don’t expose their chinks in the armor to the advantage of the visiting Kiwis.
The visiting Kiwis have never played in such heat and humidity, and this is one factor which goes against them. However, they have managed to stay and perform with grit, and this is commendable. The spin department of the visitors needs to be spruced up. Though the spinners only played a supportive role to their pace battery, they must optimize to their strengths and reduce the loose balls.
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