The first Test between India and New Zealand begins on Thursday and it will be an opportunity for some of India’s peripheral stars to audition for a place in the Test side. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are both unavailable for the opener, and KL Rahul has been ruled out of the series due to an injury on Tuesday. Stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane has confirmed that Shreyas Iyer will make his debut in the match. It is time for the supporting cast to shine.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 24, 2021