Publish Date: | Thu, 25 Nov 2021 07:24 PM (IST)
IND vs NZ, First Test, First Day: Team India managed to reach a better position despite the initial setbacks on the first day of the Kanpur Test. The first day was in the name of Indian batsmen Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja. All three scored half-centuries and scored 258 for 4 at stumps. Shubman Gill scored 52 runs, while Ravindra Jadeja played an unbeaten innings of 50 runs. At the same time, Shreyas Iyer scored an unbeaten 75 runs in the first innings of his debut Test. Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer put on a century partnership for the fifth wicket and took the team’s score to 258 runs. The most impressed in this entire innings was Shreyas Iyer, who has reached his maiden Test century.
Shreyas repeated the performance of 7 years ago
Let us tell you that seven years ago in Kanpur itself, a new star batsman of Mumbai emerged, Shreyas Iyer. According to then Mumbai coach Praveen Amre, the Ranji Trophy in Kanpur in December 2014 was a make-or-break match for Shreyas. Shreyas was unsuccessful in the first two matches and coach Amre faced opposition for his inclusion. But he reposed full faith in Shreyas. In Kanpur, the 19-year-old Shreyas not only established himself as a red-ball cricketer, but also earned the respect of Amre.
Mumbai had lost five wickets for 53 runs in reply to 206 runs in the first innings against Uttar Pradesh. Wickets kept falling and Shreyas could feel the heat in the dressing room. When he came out to bat, he hit a six on the third ball itself. He smacked Praveen Kumar towards midwicket on the fourth ball and made a beautiful drive towards extra cover off the next ball. Six boundaries had come in Shreyas’s first 10 balls. By the time Shreyas returned, he had scored a blistering 75 against Uttar Pradesh, and Mumbai took the lead. Shreyas had scored 809 runs in that season.
Have already shown your ability
Shreyas on Thursday became India’s 303rd male Test cricketer. He got this cap after scoring 4592 runs at an average of 52.18 in 54 first-class matches. This is not Shreyas’s first experience with the Indian Test team. In March 2017, he was called up as Virat Kohli’s replacement for the fourth and final Test against Australia in Dharamsala. The call-up was the result of a stellar performance from a warm-up game a few weeks back. The match was awarded first-class status. Shreyas showed his courage by hitting a six in the very first ball despite the sledging of the Australian players. Shreyas made his highest first-class score 202* in that match.
Shreyas’s specialty is his fearlessness.
The fearlessness that Shreyas has in his game has come from his immense confidence. This is also reflected in his incredible strike rate of 82 in 54 first-class matches. In the Ranji Trophy final in 2015-16, Shreyas played a match-winning innings of 117 runs at a strike rate of 82. His double century against Australia came in just 210 balls in 2017. In the same year, he scored 108 and 82 against New Zealand A in two unofficial Tests at Vijayawada, with bowlers like Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson and Ish Sodhi.
According to coach Amre, his knack for hitting boundaries, his ability to take the game forward and scoring hundred runs in a season is what sets him apart. From a freshman in 2014 to a seasoned one in 2021, his return to Kanpur has completed a cycle of his career, which is now rising steadily.