Newbie Shreyas Iyer made his mark in his very first cricket test heats as he overcame a rocky start to elevate his first half century against New Zealand at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. Iyer came in the middle in a sticky situation when India lost two wickets in the span of a few overs after the lunch break.
After playing half a dozen point deliveries he decided to go bowling but couldn’t time it well and luckily for him the ball was far from chasing Kane Williamson halfway through. After this shot, Shreyas became a bit more restrained, however, did not dampen his natural instincts.
Whenever the ball fell short or in its zone, it snapped onto it in a flash.
India had a fantastic partnership between Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara for the second wicket, however, the two came out in quick succession requiring replacement skipper Ajinkya Rahane and newbie Iyer to rebuild.
Rahane was sacked by Kyle Jamieson after scoring 35 points, but Iyer continued.
He got a strong ally in Ravindra Jadeja, as both played the ball to its full value and frustrated the visitors. Iyer, after which he raised his first fifty in 94 balls as he helped India’s score reach 200.
FIFTY!@ ShreyasIyer15 discusses his first test 50 in his first match
Fans couldn’t help but feel happy for Shreyas Iyer, whose untimely injury meant he was knocked out of the T20 World Cup squad, was not named captain in the second half of the IPL by the Delhi Capitals, but has now debuted and played a classy move. Here are some of the reactions:
#ShreyasIyer is a long-term solution for India’s mid-order problems in all formats. I have always found him as Mr. Dependable. With all the booty he displays, there is a ripe header and solid technique to back up his cricket in the middle. #INDvNZ # INDVsNZT20 #Iyer
– Mikkhail Vaswani (@MikkhailVaswani) 25 November 2021
After being injured at the T20WC, he lost his captain’s position to return with around fifty test starts, Shreyas Iyer makes 100 #ShreyasIyer #INDvNZ @ ShreyasIyer15– KaifisAlive (@cumfasttt) 25 November 2021
Good start to his test career for Shreyas. About fifty who arrived in a delicate situation. – Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) 25 November 2021
50 on Test Debut!
– Shivam Jaiswal (@ 7jaiswalshivam) 25 November 2021