Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. (Photo: BCCI)

Shreyas Iyer’s coach Pravin Amre has said that Iyer has shown his critics that he is not just a white-ball specialist player and he can do well in Test cricket.

Shreyas Iyer has become the 16th Indian cricketer in the history of Test cricket to smash a century on his debut.

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Iyer scored his century on Day 2 of the first Test against Kane Williamson-led New Zealand National Cricket Team on November 26 at Green Park, Kanpur.

The 26-year-old achieved the 100-run milestone in 157 balls and his innings was filled with 12 amazing looking fours and 2 sixes.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Credits: Twitter

Meanwhile, Amre said that after seeing Iyer’s century his mind took him back seven years ago when he smashed 75 runs against Uttar Pradesh when Mumbai was in a very tough situation.

 “My mind is today racing back to how this 105 is as important to him as that 75 was seven years ago. This was a similar situation. Before his Test debut, he knew that Virat Kohli would be back for the next Test, and his place would be in danger. Now he has done whatever was in his hands. As his coach, I’m very happy because this inning is a statement from him that he belongs to all three formats. He has shown his critics that he can do well in Test cricket too. He’s not just a white-ball specialist,” an emotional Amre told TOI.

Shreyas Iyer Has Given A Good Selection Headache To Coach Rahul Dravid – Pravin Amre

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Credits: BCCI

Shreyas Iyer got the opportunity to bat in the middle order in the absence of Virat Kohli. However, Virat Kohli will join the team in the second Test and Iyer might get benched.

Meanwhile, Amre feels that after smashing a century Iyer has given a selection headache to Rahul Dravid. He said:

He has given a good selection headache to coach Rahul Dravid and the selectors before the next Test.”

Amre said that Shreyas Iyer was always a good player of spin bowling and receiving a Test cap from Sunil Gavaskar would have boosted his confidence before the match. He asserted:

He plays spin very well, so that wasn’t a surprise. The challenge for him was that it was a slow wicket. He showed excellent application. He tends to hit the bowlers over the top early in his innings, but he took his time to score his half-century. Maybe, it helped him that before the Test, he received his Test cap from Gavaskar sir. You could see that ‘Midas touch’ of Gavaskar-applying himself in the middle, putting a price tag on his wicket-in his batting,”

Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja
Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja. Image-BCCI/Twitter

I’m really happy and proud of him today. Shreyas’ success is special for me, simply because I’ve been a part of his journey, from when he was 12 and came to us to learn cricket at Shivaji Park Gymkhana till now,” he added.

Amre further added that Iyer should have made his Test debut long back when he performed exceptionally well for Mumbai. He said:

 “He should’ve got his Test cap long back-when he scored 1321 runs for Mumbai in the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy season. However, he has grabbed his opportunity with both hands “

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