The Indian team had a rocky start to Day 5 at the Green Park in Kanpur when fast bowler Ishant Sharma got injured in the first over of the day. Ravichandran Ashwin was bowling the over, while Ishant was fielding at backward square leg, where he had to dive in to stop the ball in the day’s opening delivery.

While the lanky speedster did a terrific job fielding the ball, he managed to jam his little finger into the ground in the process. Following that, Ishant was seen in a lot of agonies, with on-air pundits speculating that it might be a case of a dislocated finger. Ishant immediately left the field, and the BCCI’s medical team has yet to provide an official update. Due to neck discomfort, Wriddhiman Saha does not take the field. Wriddhiman Saha, the wicketkeeper, has again been unable to play due to a stiff neck. Despite scoring an undefeated half-century on Day 4, he was in pain even when batting and had to be replaced by KS Bharat after Saha departed the field while keeping.

On Day 5, Saha did not appear on the field, unlike on Day 3, when Bharat did a fantastic job behind the wickets and took advantage of almost every opportunity that came his way. India and New Zealand are meeting for the first time in Tests after a three-match T20I series in which the Men in Blue swept the series. Following the Kanpur Test, the teams will travel to Mumbai for the second and final Test of New Zealand’s India tour.

Virat Kohli is expected to rejoin the Indian team and resume his role as captain prior to the Mumbai test, but Shreyas Iyer’s century in his maiden Test and a tenacious 65 in the second innings have made it difficult to predict who Kohli will replace in the team, with Ajinkya Rahane particularly short of runs in recent matches.