Shreyas Iyer made his test debut in the first test against New Zealand. The right-handed batsman had an excellent start to his career as a Test batsman. He helped India to be in a great position. However, with Shreyas playing so well it will surely make the team selection for the 2nd test very difficult.
India came into the test series with many regulars being rested. So many new faces were selected. Indian vice-captain Ajyankya Rahane became the standard captain of the team.
Iyer utilized the chance by scoring a century in the first innings and in the second innings, the right-handed batsmen scored a crucial 65 to give India a good lead and be on the driving seat for the match.
Vikram Rathore on Shreyas Iyer
Virat Kohli will return to the squad for the 2nd test in Mumbai. Batting coach Vikram Rathore was asked about the starting XI of the next match to which he said that they are not in any hurry to finalize the playing XI from now.
Rathore was full of praise for Iyer and said,
“It’s always exciting to see a debutant come in and score a hundred. It’s very special, but I think he played even better in the second innings.”
Rathore also said that he likes how confident Iyer is and how well he plays both the spinners and the fast bowlers.
The form of both Rahane and Pujara has not been good for some time. This has led to many saying that one of them should be dropped to give Iyer more opportunities. Rathore saíd that although both of them are going through a tough phase. But previously they have played very important innings for the team and hope they will do so in the future also.
Iyer would have liked to win the first test that he played as it ended in a draw. The 26-year-old became the first Indian player to score both a hundred and a fifty in his debut match.
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