Third Test preview: India v New Zealand


The third Test between India and New Zealand will see Holkar Stadium in Indore make its Test debut, and the Black Caps will be looking to get a win as the first result recorded.

India have already won the series two-nil, but do have some incentive in that winning this match will see Pakistan unable to take the number one ICC ranking back again in the near future.

The Kiwis will have skipper Kane Williamson back after he missed the defeat in Kolkata due to illness, and his return will be very welcome for a batting line up that’s had few answers on the tour so far.

India may hand a debut to paceman Sardul Thakur, who was brought into the squad to replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who picked up a back strain during practise.

But most interesting is the return of veteran opener Gautam Gambhir, who has not played a Test in over two years. With Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul injured, Gambhir will get the chance to show his Duleep Trophy runs were more than a fluke.

The deck is expected to be kinder to batsmen than the previous two Tests, with a bit more pace and bounce, and the Black Caps will stand their best chance of a win here.

Last five head-to-head results

2016 Second Test: India won y 178 runs in Kolkata
2016 First Test: India won by 197 runs in Kanpur
2014 Second Test: Match drawn in Wellington
2014 First Test: New Zealand won by 40 runs in Auckland
2012 Second Test: India won by 5 wickets in Bangalore


India: Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, M Vijay, Umesh Yadav, Gautam Gambhir, Sardul Thakur.

New Zealand:  Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling.


Dates: 8 to 12 October

Morning session: 09:30-11:30 (4:00-6:00 GMT)
Afternoon session: 12:00-14:00 (06:30-08:30 GMT)
Evening session: 14:20-17:00 (08:50-11:30 GMT)

Umpires: Richard Kettleborough and Rod Tucker
Match Referee: David Boon