Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. (Photo: BCCI)

On Friday, Shreyas Iyer became the 16th Indian batsman to score a century on Test debut during the ongoing Kanpur Test against New Zealand.

India were in a precarious situation at 145/4 before Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja forged a 121-run stand. Early on Day 2, while Jadeja got out after scoring his fifty, Shreyas Iyer carried on from his overnight score of 75 to notch up his maiden Test ton.

After play on Friday, the right-hander said that he was happy with how his innings panned out from Day 1. He revealed that he didn’t have a proper sleep thinking about his innings and the landmark three-digit figure.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Credits: BCCI

“I was really happy with the way everything went right from day one. Couldn’t get good sleep last night. Especially when you are batting overnight, I thought I batted really well yesterday but had to still focus again today,” Shreyas Iyer said at the end of play on Day 2.

Sunil Gavaskar told me ‘don’t look too far ahead and just enjoy yourself’: Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer had received his debut Test cap from legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar. He recalled Gavaskar’s words and said that the commentator motivated him.

Watch - Shreyas Iyer Receives His India Test Cap From Sunil Gavaskar Ahead Of 1st Test vs New Zealand At Kanpur
Shreyas Iyer Receives His India Test Cap From Sunil Gavaskar At Kanpur

“He (Sunil Gavaskar) motivated me a lot while giving me the cap but the one thing he told me that stayed in my mind is, ‘don’t look too far ahead and just enjoy yourself’. I wasn’t able to sleep well at all, got up early at five today morning but when you make a century, it’s a wonderful feeling,” he said. 

In reply to India’s 345, New Zealand openers Tom Latham and Will Young have done a commendable job as they remained unbeaten and put up 129 runs, bringing down the deficit to 216 runs.

Shreyas Iyer believes that the pitch is deteriorating and the bowlers would make inroads on Day 3.

“They got off to a good start obviously but it’s important for us to not leak runs because the cracks are opening up and it should get trickier tomorrow,” he added.

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