IND vs NZ, 1st Test: Shreyas Iyer raises his bat after reaching his half-century on Day 1.© AFP
Playing in his first Test, Shreyas Iyer made an enormous assertion on Day 1 of India’s ongoing first Test match towards New Zealand on Thursday, in Kanpur. Coming in at No. 5, Iyer smashed 75 off 136 balls and remained unbeaten as India reached 258 for 4 in 84 overs at Stumps. The trendy batter’s action-packed innings consisted of seven fours and two sixes. Speaking in host broadcaster Star Sports’ post-match present, Test legend VVS Laxman praised the previous Delhi Capitals (DC) captain and referred to as him “an established international cricketer”.
“The bench is strong as far as Indian cricket is concerned. This might be Shreyas Iyer’s first Test but he is an established international cricketer (in white ball)”, stated the previous India batter.
Praising his batting model on Day 1, Laxman identified that Iyer’s timing, intent and shot choice was excellent towards the Blackcaps.
“He knew when to attack. When to be a little subdued. What was really good to see was that he did not compromise on his natural game”, he stated.
The 47-year-old additional hailed Iyer’s transition to Test cricket.
“The last first class match he had played was almost two years back. The toughest challenge for a youngster is the transformation from red-ball cricket to white-ball cricket. The temperament is different, the shot selection is challenged. Iyer absorbed the pressure and showed what a strong character he is”, he stated.
Day 2 is scheduled to start at 9:30 AM IST and Iyer will likely be aiming to construct on his knock and bag a century on his Test debut.
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