India vs New Zealand: Cheteshwar Pujara should be the batter, according to Danish Kaneria. In the second Test against New Zealand, he’ll be making way for the returning of Virat Kohli. In addition, the series is tied at 0-0, with the match in Mumbai serving as the decision. Kaneria believes that Ajinkya Rahane should be given another chance by the team management. The under-performing middle-order batter is under a lot of pressure. Especially when the candidates on the borderline are taking a break. In their case, they have a track record of consistent performance.
“I will definitely go with Ajinkya Rahane in the playing XI and leave out Pujara. Kohli comes in for Pujara. It is important to give Rahane this Test match. He is a class of a player,” Danish Kaneria said.
India vs New Zealand: “Rahane, who is already under a lot of pressure, must also be knowing that it could be the final Test of his career. It is difficult to make a comeback after being dropped,” Kaneria said.
Aside from the batting order adjustment, Danish Kaneria wishes to see a change in the bowling department. Kaneria believes that Mohammed Siraj is better suited to bowl on the Wankhede surface. It should make it to the playing XI at the expense of Ishant Sharma.
India vs New Zealand: “There needs to be a change in the bowling department; it’s a big game, thus the experience is needed, so Prasidh Krishna isn’t an option,” Kaneria said.
“I would rest Ishant Sharma and play Mohammad Siraj. He would be able to reverse the ball as well. He will also be able to get some movement with the sea breeze,” Kaneria added.
Lastly, Ishant Sharma was the least used bowler in the Kanpur Test. Sharma could not claim a wicket in the fixture. It is across the 20 overs he bowled. New Zealand heads into the contest on the back of an exceptional survival feat. Kaneria mentioned that their batting does not require a tweak. But they should change their three-spinner approach.