Team India are currently involved in the home assignment against New Zealand. The hosts already whitewashed the Kiwis by 3-0 in the shortest form of the game. The action shifted to the two-match Test series where both teams played an exquisite brand of cricket in the first Test match at Green Park, Kanpur.
India nearly pulled off a win but New Zealand had other ideas as they were more than happy to play out for a draw. Despite losing nine wickets, the visitors survived till the end. Rachin Ravindra played out over 91 deliveries to help the team settle for a draw.
The second Test match is scheduled to kick off tomorrow at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Meanwhile, persistent showers washed out the training session for both teams on Wednesday. Indian captain Virat Kohli will be back to lead the team. It remains to be seen which player he is going to place in the next Test.
India’s tour of South Africa to be delayed by a week
Meanwhile, in the latest development, India’s tour of South Africa is to be delayed by a week amid the Omicron scare as per The Indian Express. Earlier, the WHO chief confirmed that the Omicron variant was identified in 23 different countries including South Africa.
As a result, nations are taking measures to curb the spread of the new variant. As of now, it seems that the BCCI is planning to delay the senior team’s tour. The Indian national cricket team was scheduled to jet off on December 9 via a charter flight.
As per the latest sources, the plan has been put on hold. Meanwhile, the squads’ selection for the South Africa tour has also been postponed accordingly. The selection meeting was scheduled to happen after India’s first Test against New Zealand.
However, since the Indian board, BCCI is constantly keeping in contact with its South African counterpart, it has been planned to hold the selection meeting after having clarity about what lies ahead. The team is expected to play 3 Tests, 3 ODIs and 4 T20Is in South Africa.