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Virat Kohli has been rested for the first Test against New Zealand but will return to lead the team in the second, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced on Friday. Rohit Sharma, who will be leading the team in the T20I series against the Blackcaps, has been rested from the two-Test series along with Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur.

In Virat Kohli’s absence, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will captain the side in the opening Test to be played at Green Park in Kanpur from November 25 to 29.

“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has picked the squad for the upcoming two-match Test series against New Zealand,” the BCCI said in a media release.

Virat Kohli, who stepped down from India’s T20I captaincy at the end of the team’s campaign at the ICC T20 World Cup and rested for the three-match T20I series against New Zealand, will make his return and lead Team India in the second Test to be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, starting on December 3.

“Virat Kohli will join the squad for the second Test and will lead the team,” the Indian board added.

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The Test series will be a chance for the Indian team to avenge its defeat to New Zealand in the World Test Championships final in England.

India squad: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna

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