With Saha being fit, who will Virat Kohli replace in the India playing 11? Skipper answers!

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During
the
fifth
day
of
the
first
Test
against
New
Zealand,
in
Saha’s
absence,
KS
Bharat
had
donned
the
wicket-keeping
gloves.

If
Saha
indeed
plays
on
Friday,
it
is
speculated
that
Kohli
might
come
in
for
either
Mayank
Agarwal
or
Shubman
Gill
with
in
all
likelihood
the
Bengal
batsman
getting
a
promotion
as
opener.

“Wriddhiman
Saha
is
now
fit
and
he
has
recovered
from
his
neck
niggle.
We
will
discuss
the
combination
in
a
bit
based
on
weather
and
pitch
conditions,”
said
Kohli
on
the
eve
of
the
second
Test.

With
Shreyas
Iyer
becoming
the
first
Indian
debutant
to
score
a
century
and
half-century
in
his
debut
Test
at
Kanpur
last
week,
dropping
him
would
be
a
little
difficult.

The
poor
form
of
Ajinkya
Rahane
and
Cheteshwar
Pujara
has
made
the
choice
all
the
more
difficult
on
who
should
go
out
of
the
XI
to
make
way
for
Kohli.

“You
have
to
understand
the
situation
of
where
the
team
is
placed,
you
have
to
understand
where
individuals
stand.
You
have
to
communicate
well,
speak
to
the
individuals
and
approach
them
in
a
way,
explain
things
clearly.

“We
have
made
changes
in
the
past
looking
at
combination,
we
have
explained
to
individuals
and
they
have
understood
our
mindset
behind
going
in
with
certain
combination,”
said
Kohli.

“It
is
not
a
difficult
thing
to
do,
there
is
collective
trust
and
belief
within
the
group.
Along
the
way,
there
are
ups
and
downs,
but
we
understand
that
as
sportspersons.

“At
the
end
of
the
day,
we
all
prioritise
the
team
first
and
this
is
something
we
have
done
consistently.
As
a
Test
team,
we
have
backed
the
set
of
players
who
have
done
the
job
for
the
team
in
the
last
5-6
years
and
we
will
continue
to
do
that.

“There
have
always
been
players
on
who
we
have
relied
upon
and
they
have
done
the
job
for
the
team,”
he
added.

Kohli
also
explained
why
he
started
to
practice
at
the
Cricket
Club
of
India
(CCI)
in
Mumbai
for
the
Test
series
against
New
Zealand
even
when
he
had
taken
some
time
off
from
the
game
after
spending
six
months
in
bio-bubbles.

The
second
Test
between
India
and
New
Zealand
will
begin
on
Friday
at
the
Wankhede
Stadium,
Mumbai
with
the
two-match
series
being
locked
at
0-0.

“It
was
just
to
stay
in
the
rhythm
of
playing
red-ball
cricket.
The
idea
was
to
get
repetition
and
volume
which
is
important
in
Test
cricket,
so
it
is
just
about
getting
into
the
mould
of
switching
between
formats.

“This
is
something
I
have
always
tried
to
do.
Whenever
I
get
the
opportunity
to
work
on
setting
up
for
different
formats,
it
is
more
so
mentally
than
anything
related
to
technique,”
said
Kohli
during
a
virtual
press
conference.

“The
more
cricket
you
play,
the
more
you
understand
your
game
better.
It
is
about
getting
into
the
mindset,
that
headspace
where
you
want
to
play
a
certain
way
in
a
certain
format,”
he
added.

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