Auckland, IAS. Former New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Ian Smith is unhappy that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) rested Test captain Virat Kohli in the first Test against New Zealand. The first match of the two-match Test series will start from November 25 at the Greenpark Stadium in Kanpur, while the second match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai from December 3. Virat has been rested for the first Test and Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side in this position, while regular skipper Virat Kohli will return for the second Test starting December 3 in Mumbai.
Ian Smith says he is not happy with the decision to rest Virat Kohli in the opening match against the Kane Williamson-led side. Smith, who has scored over 1800 runs in 63 Test matches for the Black Caps, is also disappointed as to why Rohit Sharma along with Virat was rested from the two-Test series. Speaking to sen.com.au on Tuesday, Smith said, “India have dropped Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, it really amazes me that people are being rested in Test cricket these days. It frustrates me a lot.”
Smith said New Zealand should play three spinners in the Kanpur Test, given the nature of the subcontinent’s pitches. He also named the eleven players he would like to see captain Kane Williamson field in the opening Test. “You should have (Neil) Wagner so that when you’re in trouble, he can try and get you out of it with his stamina,” said Kiwi legend Smith. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been rested because these players have been involved in the bio-bubble for a long time and have been playing cricket continuously.