Former Indian batsman Wasim Jaffer was pleased with the way Shreyas Iyer batted in his debut match especially considering he hadn’t played a red-ball match in quite a while.
Shreyas stole the show in the first Test in both innings, as he helped himself to a century and a fifty to become the first Indian batsman to do so in his debut Test. He helped India cross troubled waters in both innings, something that lends the knocks even more value.
“Oh yes, and he has hardly played any red-ball cricket after his surgery from IPL second half. To come in straight away and get a crucial hundred and again in the second innings – it’s something to admire about him. And that’s something about him, no matter the situation you put him in, he is going to back his game,” Jaffer said in a conversation with ESPNcricinfo.
“Fascinating to see how Shreyas Iyer transitions from white-ball to red-ball” – Daniel Vettori
Daniel Vettori also pointed that the key to Shreyas Iyer’s success was the way he handled the two effective seamers – Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson. Another factor was hoe he seamless his transition from white-ball to red-ball has been, as per Vettori.
“I think both situations he came when something special was required and also some application and we saw that from him. All New Zealanders have seen him play white-ball cricket and it’s fascinating to see how he transitions from white-ball to red-ball cricket.“
“He showed that application and he had an understanding of how he wanted to play. More importantly, the way he played Southee and Jamieson is the reason he got through to these big scores. He was comfortable against the spinners but his patience and his knowledge of what to do against these two seamers was the reason he scored so well,” Vettori analyzed.
At Tea, India was 167/7, still leading by 216 runs with four sessions left to go.