Fri, 26 Nov 2021

Be Cautious of India In Home Conditions: Kane Williamson!!

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Indian team has put on several key players on rest like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami, and opener K.L Rahul (leg injury). New Zealand is the top-ranked team reigning World Test champions but is still watchful of the hosts, who have often proved formidable in home conditions.

"I don't think we are favorites," Williamson said on the eve of the first Test in Kanpur.

"One of the key strengths of Indian cricket is its depth. India has great knowledge of their own conditions, we know the challenge is a big one."

Blackcaps led to an eight-wicket win against India at the World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton in June, which the hosts will be looking to avenge.

"As we have seen in this part of the world, the spin component has been very large and it has played a big role in changing the complexion of the game," said Williamson.

"I am sure throughout the whole series, the spin component will be a factor and it will be no different in Kanpur. It will be all about assessing the conditions as quickly as possible."

India's stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane said, "It's an opportunity for youngsters to back themselves and play with freedom”.

"What I am concerned about is how I can contribute to the team. You cannot score a hundred each time you come out to bat."

Though Rahane scored a Test century in December but failed to impress in the following home and away series against England. In the WTC final, he made 49 and 15.

The skipper confirmed that batsman Shreyas Iyer would be making his Test debut Thursday.

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