Pandya is set to make a return post a back surgery and will be an automatic choice for ODIs if fit.
His inclusion will lift the Indian cricket team against the Kiwis.
Rahul likely to make a return as reserve Test opener
KL Rahul has been in tremendous form of late in limited-overs cricket.
He has been highly consistent and the runs have flowed.
On Friday, he made the difference for Team India and handed them a crucial win.
Rahul is likely to make a return to the Test squad as the reserve opener.
India are settled atop with Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma.
Tests: Rahul was dropped against SA and Bangladesh
Rahul's return could see Shubman Gill lose his berth as the reserve opener in the side.
There were talks of Prithvi Shaw getting a chance, however, his role could be limited for India A at the moment.
Rahul was last seen in Tests against West Indies in 2019.
He was dropped for the series against South Africa and Bangladesh respectively.
Will India rope in a fifth pacer for NZ Tests?
India will go in with four premier pacers for the Tests. However, the team might rope in Navdeep Saini as well in place of spinner Kuldeep Yadav. The right-arm pacer has done well in limited-overs cricket in recent times and can add the depth.