India vs New Zealand 2021: “Very well deserved and just the beginning for your friend”

Former Australian captain and head coach of the Delhi Capitals Ricky points took to Twitter on Thursday morning to congratulate Shreyas Iyer on earning his maiden test hat ahead of the Kanpur test against New Zealand.

Iyer became the 303rd Indian men’s cricketer to make his debut in the sport’s longest format.

The former Delhi Capitals skipper was handed his maiden sack blue by the legendary cricketer Sunil gavaskar during a special ceremony before the start of the test.

Ponting, who has worked closely with Shreyas in the IPL for the past four years, praised the 26-year-old for his hard work that has now materialized into a test debut.

Ponting wrote:

“After seeing all the work you’ve put in over the last few years, very well deserved and just the beginning for your buddy. Proud of you @ ShreyasIyer15.”

Check out Ponting’s tweet here:

Iyer was initially selected in the test squad instead of Hanuma Vihari, who was later added to the India A squad for the South Africa tour.

But with Rahul and Mayank earmarked as openers and Shubman Gill high in the pegging order, it seemed unlikely that Shreyas would get an opportunity in both tests.

But Gill’s entry into the opening position due to Rahul’s injury and the absence of Virat and Vihari in the middle order eventually paved the way for the Mumbai guy’s debut.

Will Shreyas Iyer leave a mark on his test debut?

Iyer’s call to the test side may have come at the expense of the sitting Vihari, but the DC man has earned his test cap given the way he has performed in domestic cricket over the years.

Iyer has an average of 52.18 in first-class cricket, having made 4,592 runs in 54 games, which includes 23 half-centuries and 12 triple-digit points.

He well gets an opportunity to bat on his first day in test cricket, as website has won toss and is hitting first.

Speaking of the procedure so far, India got off to a terrible start when they lost their first wicket in the form of Mayank Agarwal with a score of 21 in the 8th over.

New Zealand’s seamstresses Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson, in particular, made the most of the movement they could get and constantly challenged the opener on and around the stump.

Shubman Gill survived some close overs against Southee and a certain LBW call against Ajaz Patel but Agarwal did not have that luck.

Jamieson was eventually rewarded for his probing lengths when he induced an outside edge outside Agarwal’s bat with goalkeeper Blundell handling the rest.

But since then, Gill and Pujara have sewn 58 runs for the wicket, with the former playing some glittering strokes. At the time of writing, Gill had taken up his 4th test 50 and 2nd at home.


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