India vs NZ: Shreyas Iyer slams century on Test debut
Indian cricket team batter Shreyas Iyer slammed a century on debut in the ongoing first Test match versus New Zealand in Kanpur. Iyer, who resumed Day 2 on an unbeaten score of 69, brought up a fine century. This was a brilliant effort from Iyer. On Thursday, Iyer had stitched a century-plus stand alongside Ravindra Jadeja, who departed in the morning session today.
Iyer brings up a fine century
Iyer made his debut Test innings memorable with a phenomenal knock. He came in the middle after India were reduced to 106/3. The middle-order batter negotiated the NZ bowlers well. Iyer, who averages over 50 in First-class cricket, exhibited class all around. He batted in a positive fashion and has brought up a memorable century against the Kiwis.
India lose two wickets on Day 2
India resumed Day 2 on 258/4 and have gone past the 300-run mark. However, the hosts have lost two wickets. Jadeja was the first to depart, failing to add to his overnight score of 50. Veteran keeper Wriddhiman Saha fell for a 12-ball 1. Both wickets were claimed by senior Kiwi pacer Tim Southee.
Test century on debut for Iyer
Notable feats achieved by Iyer
As per statistician Umang Pabari, Iyer is the third Indian cricketer to bat at number five and slam a century at home since 2016. Ajinkya Rahane (twice) and Karun Nair achieved the mark as well. Meanwhile, Iyer is also the second Mumbai born player to score a century in the debut Test innings after Pravin Amre (versus South Africa in 1992).
Iyer joins these Indian players
Iyer has become the 10th Indian batter in Test history to slam a ton on debut. He joins the likes of Lala Amarnath, Deepak Shodhan, Kripal Singh, Hanumant Singh, Gundappa Vishwanath, Mohammad Azharuddin, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Prithvi Shaw.