Indian middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer had an extraordinary Test debut as he achieved several big milestones in his first match in the purest format of the game against the New Zealand National Cricket Team at Green Park, Kanpur.
Debutant Shreyas Iyer smashed a century in the first innings of the match and he became the 16th Indian to achieve this milestone and in the second innings, he smashed a fifty and became the first-ever Indian cricketer to reach this feat.
Also, he is only the third Indian to score fifty-plus scores in both the innings of the debut game before Iyer the player to achieve this milestone was legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar who handed over the debut cap to Iyer.
Meanwhile, on Monday Shreyas Iyer won the player of the match award for his sensational 105 and 65 runs and he became the 7th Indian to win the Player of the Match award on his Test debut. He joined the likes of Pravin Amre, RP Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Prithvi Shaw.
Shreyas Iyer Had To Work Very Had And Had To Earn It, It Wasn’t Easy For Him – Rahul Dravid
Head coach Rahul Dravid was highly impressed with the performance of Iyer and said that the middle-order batsman worked really hard to get the opportunity in Test cricket and it wasn’t easy for him as he played his last first-class game 3 years ago.
“A young kid doing well in 1st Test for India and it’s not only a good reflection of that person (player) but also a good reflection of the system. Fact that we have been able to develop not just India A but also he has played for Mumbai, in club cricket, Shreyas had to work very hard and had to earn it. It wasn’t easy for him. Of course, he averages over 50 in first-class cricket but he hadn’t played first-class cricket played for 3 years.”
Rahul Dravid Further added:
“He wouldn’t have made the level if we haven’t had injuries and he has taken it (opportunity) with both hands and shown his qualities,”
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