R Ashwin, No.2 in ICC Test Rankings, heading for No.1

R Ashwin, No.2 in ICC Test Rankings, heading for No.1

Eden Gardens, despite having a freshly laid track, will prove to be no different. Kohli expected a challenge for the batsmen against the new ball - which was why he included specialist swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the Indian XI - but was confident his team could handle it. We have to adapt quickly.

"From a pitch point of view, based on what we saw in the World T20 and recent results here, spin's going to play a massive part again".

"My own form, I don't really think about these things".

For the hosts, Ashwin has a finger problem and could miss the match if he can't prove his fitness. "Off spinner Jayant Yadav will replace Ishant for the second Test", the release added.

If Gambhir gets the nod on Friday, it will surely deal a huge blow to Dhawan's belief that he could still matter for India, at least at home.

In the 2014-15 Ranji Trophy, he topped Haryana's bowling charts with 33 wickets, and in March this year. For the first hour or so, he was seen sipping water, doing some shadow practice with his bat and striking conversation with his former mates, Kohli included.

The selection of Gautam Gambhir to the Indian Test team has given a ray of hope to the senior players, who, of late, were considered to be over the bar.

On his maiden trip to India, the Latham said he was amazed by response for a cricket Test in India.

Kohli did score his maiden double hundred in the Test series against the West Indies this year, perhaps his most fluent innings so far. The flamboyant Test skipper has, however, toiled hard at the nets with an eye to be back among the runs.

Indian off-spinner R Ashwin, who took 10 wickets in the Kanpur Test against New Zealand, has gained the second place in ICC Test Rankings.

Patel's inclusion could give New Zealand an extra batting option as the 36-year-old has been in good form both with the bat and the ball in his stint with Warwickshire in the County Championship in 2016.

Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner also hit fighting half-centuries in the second innings and Latham said a little more consistency could reap dividends.

But Martin Guptill - who scored a 21 and 0 - remains a worry.

Opening the batting has never been easy for visiting sides in Indian conditions.

But after being 159-1, they slumped to 262 all out, with their last five wickets falling for just seven runs.

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