Pacer Ishwar Pandey is the only new face in the Test side. The two Tests will be held at Auckland (February 6-10) and Wellington (February 14-18). (JPN/Agencies)
The Indian top-order failed to convert good starts but Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane struck morale-boosting fifties ahead of the Test series as the visiting team's two-day practice match against New Zealand XI ended in a tame draw on Monday.
The lanky Ishwar Pandey finally got a chance to play a match on this tour of New Zealand in a two-day tour game and his three-wicket haul in 14 overs would surely make him happy after waiting in the wings for three weeks since India landed in this country.
However, Dhoni said that after the last fifth ODI that there is still some work that needs to be done with Pandey's bowling.
"Regarding Ishwar Pandey, we thought that there is some more work needed on his bowling before he can be tried," Dhoni had said.
India Test Squad:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishwar Pandey.
Pacer Ishwar Pandey is the only new face in the Test side. The two Tests will be held at Auckland (February 6-10) and Wellington (February 14-18).