Wasim Jaffer names two players who could replace Virat Kohli in India’s Playing XI vs. New Zealand

Virat Kohli will return to lead India in the second Test against Mumbai in New Zealand.© AFP

Former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer has looked into possible replacements to bring regular Test captain Virat Kohli to the 11th match for the second Test match against New Zealand, scheduled to be played. at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on December 3. Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Jaffer explained how it could be a confrontation between the opening of Mayank Agarwal or the recent skipper Ajinkya Rahane, who was in terrible shape late. Jaffer said: “It’s a fight between Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane. I would think of the two of them. This is Virat Kohli’s resignation. If he wants to go with Mayank Agarwal and give it another try. . Rahane has not received enough rounds in the last 10-12 test matches, then Melbourne (hammering). It’s definitely a tough call. It depends on who the sword falls on. “

Interestingly, Jaffer suggested that Wriddhiman Saha could be an opening choice because he would not disrupt the batting positions of the rest of the team.

“If Mayank comes out, then everyone beats from their position. Cheteshwar Pujara will open and then Rahane will have to beat in another position. Shreyas Iyer will obviously beat at three and Kohli at four. So if Saha opens, then everyone beats in the starting position and you can do that in Indian conditions. ”


Kohli’s return after such a long hiatus has brought with it a welcome dilemma for the Indian think tank.

With Shreyas having a dream debut in Kanpur, the sword could very well fall on senior professionals who have not been fit in the longest format of the game for a considerable period of time.

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