Apart from just wrapping the three-match Test series against New Zealand, India at Eden Gardens would eye on regaining their lost sovereignty in the Test cricket – No. 1 ranking. For the hosts, the match could be a renewal of acquaintance as a well-established Test squad. More a Test match that counts every opportunity well on a par for both the sides, the second India Vs New Zealand Kolkata Test is also a reality check wherein the visitors will seek to recuperate their left over reputation, at least to level the series 1-1. India’s hunt for No. 1 test ranking began at the very outset of the home Test series against New Zealand. Switched atop, although for a short while during their tour of the West Indies, India was unlucky enough to get back to the second position after a rain-affected draw in the fourth Test at Queen’s Park Oval. India’s arch-rival Pakistan made the most the involuntary gaffe to grab the number one Test position with 111 points, as a result of their drawn series against England. No pros and cons work to improve one’s international ranking, what all matters to be atop is wins only – no matter how they come and against whom. India often remains unassailable on home soil. It’s been 12 Test matches in a row since any visitor beat India in India. A win at Kolkata means a stride to the top of the heap – No. 1 Test ranking. However, if the match ends in a draw, it would be India’s 13th unbeaten home-Test in a row; the longest ever run since Feb 1980 when England conquered India by 10 wickets to hold over their 20-match streak. The hosts suffered a massive blow in form of KL Rahul who was ruled out due to the hamstring injury in the opening Test at Kanpur. This, however, opened the door of opportunities for the seasoned campaigner Gautam Gambhir who was just disregarded during the team selection ahead of the home Test series against New Zealand. Making a comeback to Indian Test squad after a two-year hiatus, Gambhir is still in the dilemma of making it to the final eleven as another opening alternative Shikhar Dhawan is ready to get the nod. Notwithstanding India’s dominant win at Kanpur, Williamson-led New Zealand squad is by no means pushover in the second Test. Nothing much can be predicted about the nature of the newly-laid pitch at Eden Gardens as it has grass spread all over it. If it remains a spin-friendly pitch, which the hosts like it to be; India would have an edge over New Zealand. According to sources, India could consider including three spinners in the final eleven. Well, if this happens, Amit Mishra could be drafted in along with Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.