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Shreyas Iyer turned the 303rd male Take a look at cricketer for India on Thursday when he acquired his debut cap from former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on the Inexperienced Park stadium in Kanpur.
After KL Rahul was dominated out of the sequence with a thigh muscle pressure, the toss up was between Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav, who was a late addition to the Indian Take a look at squad. The group administration went with Shreyas and he has repaid their religion in him, with an unbeaten 75 off 136 balls after Day 1 of the primary Take a look at vs New Zealand.

New coach Rahul Dravid who has labored with Iyer on the India-A stage would have appreciated what he noticed. An attacking center order batting choice is one factor the group desires to have.
When India play at dwelling they’re all the time the overwhelming favourites. Simply ask the Kiwis – who’ve been touring India since 1955 however are but to win a Take a look at sequence right here. However on Day 1 of the Kanpur Take a look at although the Kiwis did not enable India to run roughshod over them within the first two classes. The primary session produced 81 runs and one wicket and the second noticed 72 runs being scored and three wickets falling.

Although it was a superb toss to win by stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane and the likes of Shubman Gill (52 off 93) and Ajinkya Rahane (35 off 63) put up good performances, the guests didn’t enable any enormous partnership to be fashioned (until earlier than Iyer and Jadeja acquired collectively). The second wicket partnership between Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara was value 61. Each Gill and Rahane ideally ought to have stayed on longer on the crease. Mayank Agarwal and Pujara acquired begins, however didn’t capitalise on them as India discovered themselves at 145-4 and in a little bit of bother.

Shreyas Iyer. (AFP Photograph)
The 6 foot 8 inch tall Kyle Jamieson stood head and shoulders above all different Kiwi bowlers, each actually and metaphorically, with figures of 3-47. Agarwal, Gill and Rahane all fell to Jamieson, who’s shortly changing into a really dependable bowler throughout codecs. Within the World Take a look at Championship remaining vs India in June this 12 months, which New Zealand gained by 8 wickets, Jamieson had match figures of 7-61 and walked away with the Man of the Match award.

Jamieson and what he did to the Indian batting line up on Day 1 in Kanpur is what makes Iyer’s contribution with the bat in his very first Take a look at innings, batting at quantity 5, all of the extra essential.
Iyer by nature is an attacking participant. His first-class batting strike price is 81.54. He likes the ball to come back on to the bat. In Kanpur although he did not get a pitch like that.The primary 7 deliveries he confronted had been dots. His first scoring shot was one which was performed to attempt to go excessive. The ball from Ajaz Patel turned and Iyer solely managed to slice it. He acquired very fortunate that it did not balloon within the sky for Kane Williamson to take a catch. The Kiwi captain ran again from mid-off however could not attain the ball. Iyer took 2 runs, however extra importantly survived. Two extra dot balls adopted after which off the final ball of the forty first over Iyer hit Patel over midwicket for his first boundary in Take a look at cricket. It was a assured shot and one which should have helped him breathe a lot better. From there on he appeared extra composed.
Regardless of his naturally attacking instincts, the 26 12 months previous needed to present persistence – a top quality that each single good Take a look at batsman should have – and he did that by and enormous. He did get fortunate at instances and would possibly need to curb the urge to hit the spinners excessive each likelihood he will get. The pitch in Kanpur, based on the curator, is more likely to begin turning a good bit from Day 2.
The Kiwis would have ideally appreciated to have taken not less than one other wicket of not two with the second new ball.
Ravindra Jadeja additionally deserves particular point out for his knock on the opening day of the Take a look at match. His 50 not out off 100 balls and the unbeaten 113 run fifth wicket stand between Iyer is what actually helped India finish the day with the higher hand.
Come Day 2 and each Iyer and Jadeja would need to decide up from the place they left off on Day 1.
Earlier than he places on his sport face forward of Day 2, Iyer can enable himself to smile. His very first outing in Take a look at cricket has been a powerful one.

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