The Indian cricket team will soon be locking horns with New Zealand for a two-match Test series which is scheduled to on commencing next Friday. However, on Thursday, the Indian players made the best of the little leisure time as they were seen enjoying the beauty of the Blue Springs.
Along with the beautiful pictures of the scenic spot which is known for being one of the purest water sources in Putaruru, BCCI tweeted: “A long walk by the Blue Springs and a whole lot of fun with the teammates, that’s how Team India spent the day off ahead of the Test series”.
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 13, 2020
Test specialists Wriddhiman Saha, Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin and Umesh Yadav were spotted along with the rest of their teammates who were part of the ODIs and the T20Is. Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and young openers Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw were also spotted.
The Indian team will be playing a three-day practice match against New Zealand XI which is scheduled to take place on Friday at the Seddon Park. India whitewashed the Black Caps in the five-match T20I series. However, the hosts came back strongly and swept the ODI series.
Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, who is at the top of the World Test Championship table with 360 points, will resume their campaign against New Zealand, who are at the sixth spot with 60 points.
The Kiwis had lost their last Test series in Australia where they were whitewashed in the three-match ODI series. India, on the other hand, had blanked Bangladesh in the two-match Test series — which also included their first-ever pink-ball Test.
India’s Test squad: Virat Kohli (C), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Rishabh Pant (WK), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ishant Sharma (subject to fitness clearance).