After beating New Zealand in the T20I series, India is now ready to take on the Kiwi team in the two-match Test series. The first Test match between India and New Zealand will be played in Kanpur from Thursday, November 25. It has been decided to rest star players like Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah in this series, while the regular captain of the Test team Virat Kohli is also out of the first match.
The Kane Williamson-led New Zealand team may have managed to beat Team India in the recently concluded World Test Championship (WTC), but the Indian team’s journey at their home grounds has been spectacular. Let us tell you that in the last eight years, India has not lost a single Test at its home ground.
Indian team’s record at their home grounds
Even though many veteran cricketers of India have been rested in this series, but despite this, Team India is considered to be the favorite to win the two-match Test series. On Indian pitches that prove to be helpful for spin, the pair of Ashwin and Jadeja can ‘nuke the nose’ of the Kiwi team.
Let us inform that earlier this year, under the leadership of Virat Kohli, Team India managed to win 13 matches in a row in India. This trend started in 2013, when Team India defeated West Indies 2-0. After this, Kohli and Company made a clean sweep of South Africa 3-0 in 2015. In 2016, India continued their winning streak by winning series against New Zealand, England and Bangladesh. However, in 2017 the Australian team dealt a blow to India and won the first Test played in Pune. Virat Kohli’s team made a spectacular comeback after this defeat and defeated Kangaroo 2-1 to capture the series.
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Earlier this year, the Joe Root-led side put pressure on the Indian team by taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. However, after this Team India made a spectacular comeback and managed to win the next three matches one-sided.