Rahane spoke to the media ahead of the first Test match against New Zealand in Kanpur. He confirmed the promise of talented batsman Shreyas Iyer making his Test debut. Significantly, opener KL Rahul has been ruled out of the series due to injury. Suryakumar Yadav, who was included in the team in his place, is also expected to make his debut. But if he got a place in the playing XI, where he will bat is not decided. Talking to the media before the match, Rahane said, "Shreyas Iyer is going to make his Test debut."