Joe Root and Kane Williamson have also been shortlisted for the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy which will be announced on January 24.
Ravichandran Ashwin, with 883 rating points, is the only Indian bowler in the top-10 of ICC Test Rankings. In the batting list, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli retained their 5th and 7th positions respectively.
Ross Taylor holds the record for most runs in Tests and ODIs for New Zealand. The 37-year-old is also the most capped player for New Zealand in international cricket with 445 appearances.
New Zealand will take on Bangladesh in a two-match Test series, which starts at Bay Oval on New Year's Day. The second match will be played at the Hagley Oval from January 9.
Kane Williamson was ruled out of the second Test against India on the morning of the first day with the nagging injury and New Zealand coach Stead confirmed on that the skipper is likely to sit out at least eight or nine weeks.
India reached 221/4 against New Zealand at the end of curtailed opening day's play in the second Test. At stumps, Mayank Agarwal and Wriddhiman Saha were batting on 120 and 25 respectively.
With Virat Kohli making a return to lead the side again, India were grappling to finalise the playing XI. But the last-minute injuries to three players solved the problem. The toss for the IND vs NZ second toss was delayed.
Catch Day 1 highlights and cricket scores of the second India vs New Zealand Test, being played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. India reached 221/4 at the close of play.
The two-match Test series between India and New Zealand will be decided in Mumbai. Check match and telecast details of IND vs NZ, 2nd Test cricket match - teams, weather report, telecast details, start time, etc.
After an anti-climactic end to the first Test where New Zealand escaped with a creditable draw defying the Indian spinners on a slow turner, the home team under its regular captain would certainly go for a slight rejig in the combination.
After the eight Indian Premier League teams finalise their retention plans, new franchises -- Lucknow and Ahmedabad -- will pick a maximum of three players between December 1 and 25 before the IPL mega auction in January.
Indian spinners, led by Ravindra Jadeja, put up one of their most persevering performances in recent times but Mumbai-born Ajaz Patel and Karnataka-born Rachin Ravindra defied odds to help New Zealand share the spoils in the first Test.
India declared at 234 for 7 for an overall lead of 283 and gave New Zealand four tricky overs to face under fading light on Day 4 of the first Test in Kanpur. The Kiwis were 4/1 at the close of play.
Axar Patel finished with figures 34-6-62-5, his fifth fifer in seven innings, as New Zealand lost their last nine wickets for 99 runs to be all out for 296 in reply to India's first innings total of 345.
New Zealand openers Will Young and Tom Latham were unbeaten on 75 and 50 runs respectively as the visitors made a strong reply to India's 345 all on Day 2 of the first Test in Kanpur.
India were stuttering at 145/4 in 49.2 overs when Kyle Jamieson removed skipper Ajinkya Rahane. But an unbeaten century stand between Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja turned the table against New Zealand on Day 1 of the first Test.
Get here Day 1 highlights and cricket scores of first India vs New Zealand Test at Green Park, Kanpur. India fought back to reach 258/4 in 84 overs when bad light stopped play.
The last time New Zealand played in Kanpur in 2016, India hammered the Kiwis by 197 runs with Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin taking a fifer each.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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