Newbie Shreyas Iyer slammed his first century of testing on Day 2 of the India vs New Zealand First Test at Kanpur Green Park on Friday. The right-hander hit triple digits with a Kyle Jamieson couple in the morning session. Iyer became the 16th Indian to mark a century on his Test debut. The latest rookie to achieve the same was Prithvi Shaw, who had scored a hundred against the West Indies in Rajkot in October 2018. The first Indian to score a century for his debut was Lala Amarnath in 1933. The others in the list are RH Shodhan , Kripal Singh, Abbas Ali Baig, Hanumant Singh, Gundappa Viswanath, Surinder Amarnath, Mohammed Azharuddin, Pravin Amre, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma.
Iyer, who got his Test cap from the legendary Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday, also became the second Indian after Viswanath to score a 100 Test on his Kanpur debut. Viswanath had done it in 1969 against Australia. Iyer is the third Indian to score a ton on his Test debut against New Zealand after Kripal Singh and Surinder Amarnath.
Resuming from a score of 75 overnight, Iyer started with a kick from his skates that fled towards the fence in the second half of the day. It was the first in a long series to come. The 26-year-old knocked up five fours from Kyle Jamieson, who was New Zealand’s most impressive bowler with three wickets on Thursday, scoring better than running a ball on a foggy winter morning.
India did not get off to an ideal start as Ravindra Jadeja, who had set up a century-old stand with Iyer to get the Indian countryside back on track on day one, was cleaned up by Tim Southee with a magnificent pendulum. But Iyer, on the other end, made sure there was no respite for visitors as he continued to find the limit at regular intervals, forcing Kane Williamson to occasionally establish defensive ground when he was on strike.
Iyer was sacked for 105 right after the drink break when he cut one straight to cover Southee becoming his fourth victim.
Iyer’s flowing sleeves impressed former Indian hitter VVS Laxman, who said the right-hander’s transformation from white-ball to red-ball cricket was seamless.
“The bench is solid when it comes to Indian cricket. This may be Sheyas Iyer’s first test, but he’s an established (white ball) international cricketer. He knew when to attack. When to be a little moderate. What was really good to see was that he didn’t compromise on natural play.
“The last first class game he played was almost two years ago. The most difficult challenge for a youngster is the transformation from red ball cricket to white ball cricket. The temperament is different, the selection of the shots is called into question. Iyer took the pressure off and showed how strong he is, ”Laxman said on Star Sports.
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