Former Indian player VVS Laxman applauded Indian batter Shreyas Iyer for his fabulous knock against New Zealand in the first Test.
Shreyas made his Test debut on Thursday against New Zealand at the Greenpark Stadium in Kanpur. He remained unbeaten on 75 at the end of Day 1’s gameplay.
Shreyas Iyer made fifty on his debut Test
Iyer came into bat when India were 106/3, having lost both its openers to Kyle Jamieson followed by senior batter Cheteshwar Pujara’s departure.
Iyer smashed seven boundaries and a couple of sixes in his stupendous innings. The Mumbai batter lofted Ajaz Patel for a six over wide long-on and smoked another one over mid-wicket off William Somerville’s bowling.
Iyer was also involved in an inseparable 113-run stand with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for the fifth wicket.
Shreyas Iyer is an established international cricketer: VVS Laxman
Laxman said that Iyer is an established player with his white-ball stint with the Indian team and praised him for his smart batting against the Black Caps.
“The bench is strong as far as Indian cricket is concerned. This might be Shreyas Iyer’s first Test but he is an established international cricketer (in white ball),” Laxman said on Star Sports.
“He knew when to attack. When to be a little subdued. What was really good to see was that he did not compromise on his natural game,” he added.
Jadeja remained unbeaten on 50 at the end of Day 1 as India’s score read 258 for four wickets down after 84 overs.
Jadeja played two brilliant shots against Kyle Jamieson in the 82nd over, he first glanced nicely to put one boundary in the square-leg region. He followed it with a punch, playing at the backfoot, towards the cover area for successive boundaries.
Earlier in the day, Indian opener Shubman Gill smashed 52 from 93 balls on his return to the Indian Test side. Gill’s opening partner Mayank Agarwal could just add 13 to the team’s total.
New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson was the best bowler from his side as he scalped three wickets at the expense of 47 runs.