Indian batter Shreyas Iyer has surprised cricket followers in a sensational Take a look at debut which noticed him rating a century and a half-century in opposition to New Zealand.
Iyer made 105 in his first innings before a gritty 65 on a wearing pitch in the second innings, changing into the primary Indian Take a look at debutant to attain a century and half-century on debut.
The appropriate-hander additionally grew to become the primary Indian to make two scores of 50-plus on Take a look at debut since Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar in 1971 in opposition to the West Indies.
Iyer was capable of finding a spot within the Indian XI for the opening Take a look at because of the likes of skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant being rested, however seems a close to certainty to play within the second Take a look at, even with Kohli returning.
Whereas it was his Take a look at debut in opposition to the Black Caps, Iyer is actually no stranger to cricket followers, having appeared ceaselessly in each the ODI and T20 line-ups for India since 2017.
The Mumbai native has spectacular ODI numbers, having hit 813 runs in 22 matches at a median of 42.78 and a strike-rate of 100.37.
Three of these matches got here throughout India’s tour of Australia final summer season, the place he featured in each India’s ODI and T20 groups earlier than sitting out the Take a look at sequence.
The 26-year-old’s exploits on debut caught the eye of plenty of former gamers, together with former celebrity batter VVS Laxman.