Indian batter Shreyas Iyer has surprised cricket followers in a sensational Check 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, turning into the primary Indian Check debutant to attain a century and half-century on debut.
The best-hander additionally grew to become the primary Indian to make two scores of 50-plus on Check 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 Check as a result of likes of skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant being rested, however seems a close to certainty to play within the second Check, even with Kohli returning.
Whereas it was his Check debut in opposition to the Black Caps, Iyer is definitely no stranger to cricket followers, having appeared regularly 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 time, the place he featured in each India’s ODI and T20 groups earlier than sitting out the Check sequence.
The 26-year-old’s exploits on debut caught the eye of quite a few former gamers, together with former celebrity batter VVS Laxman.