For as long as the India vs New Zealand Kanpur Test will be remembered, it will be remembered for the fascinating debut century that Shreyas Iyer hit and that too, against a bowling attack that did not only include the great Tim Southee, ever under appreciated, but also a giant of the modern game in Kyle Jamieson. Shreyas Iyer, in a way, actually ended up scoring a third of Indian team’s 345 runs in the first inning. But the key point here being that resting in the ebb of the noted right hander were 105 vital runs. A fine knock that came off just 171 deliveries.
Important and timely! Perfectly poised and vitally-needed, Shreyas Iyer also made a name for himself in that it’s not always that a young man scores a Test ton on debut. In the absence of important assets of Team India, think – Virat, don’t forget Rohit and then, KL Rahul too, Shreyas Iyer played just the kind of knock that one will remember for a long long time.
Moreover, under the watchful eyes of Coach Rahul Dravid, Shreyas Iyer performed to the best of his ability.
At the same time, despite being the headline material for who else but Shreyas Iyer deserves all the mighty fine praise coming to him, the Worli, Mumbai-born batsman found time to remember an existing contemporary, i.e., teammate of his who, according to the Test debutant formed an important part in his cricketing journey.
So what is it about this cricketer that Shreyas Iyer is spoke about him specifically and why so?
Any clues? Any ideas whatsoever? After all, at a time where all the plaudits were coming to Shreyas Iyer, just think of it, what special might it be about this other Indian cricketer that the famous Delhi Capitals player rememebred?
Must be something really interesting, isn’t it?
Here is what Iyer had to say on that famous cricketer, who in a small amount of time, has gathered many fans. The following quote appeared in the revered HT.com:
“Kanpur stadium has been really lucky for me. My debut Ranji season was under Suryakumar’s captainship and I would like to thank him for backing me after my first four innings because I thought I would be out of the team. And then we were kind of in a same situation when we came to Kanpur. We were 20 or 30 for 5 and then I made a 150-run partnership with the tail enders and got to a good position for the team. Even in the IPL, I scored 93 here. So, one of my luckiest cricket grounds I have ever played at!”
Having said that, the following inputs were published in HT.com’s latest cricketing report basis the ongoing Test involving the visiting Kiwi side in India:
Suryakumar too is part of the Test squad. He came in as a replacement player for opener KL Rahul who incurred a muscle strain on his left thigh ahead of the opener.
The above told, the key thing now for Shreyas Iyer would be to hope that he can continue to score runs and find a way to become a permanent member of the Test side. Isn’t it? But is that going to be easy?