It couldn’t get any bigger and better than scoring a Test century on Debut, having the task of filling in the big shoes of Virat Kohli. A proud moment for Santosh Iyer as his son scored a hundred on his test debut against New Zealand in the first test match at Green Park, Kanpur.
Shreyas Iyer slammed a scintillating century with 13 boundaries and 2 sixes. With this, he became the 16th Indian to score a test century on debut. India were 3 wickets down when he walked in to bat. An attacking batsman as he is, Iyer lofted over in the deep seeking his first test run, was lucky enough that Captain Kane Williamson could not cover his ground, else he would have not troubled the scorers only to returned back to the pavilion with a duck. He definitely was in a T-20 mode as commentator Sunil Gavaskar mentioned. Iyer was quick to analyze the situation quickly and applied himself on the turning pitch.
Along with Ravindra Jadeja, he built a century partnership for the 5th wicket on Day 1 after a terrific seam bowling from Kyle Jamieson who had started to reverse the ball. Iyer muscled the last scoring shot over the midwicket for a 6 and at stumps India was 254/4. He was 75 not out on the first day.
Day 2 began with the swing of Jamieson and Tim Southee. Ravindra Jadeja couldn’t add to his tally of 50 runs and was out quickly in the morning. Shreyas Iyer continued with his focus and attack and quickly added 25 runs to convert into what was a magical test century on debut. He kissed the Indian flag on his helmet with due respect and raised his bat with utmost pleasure and satisfaction. A brilliant delivery by Southee, caught by Young, brought an end to his innings. He scored a brilliant 105 of 171 deliveries.
Making his ODI debut in 2017 at the age of 26, Shreyas had to wait for 4 long year to get a change to play for India in the test match. Iyer was handed his Test cap by legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar. Santosh Iyer (Father of Shreyas) in an interview said “Test cricket is the real cricket. I always wanted him to play Tests. Today, that dream will come true. My wife and I are absolutely delighted,”
Santosh Iyer’s Whatsapp display picture shows Shreyas holding the trophy after India beat Australia 2-1 in a Test series in the year 2017 in Dharamshala. He had never changed this WhatsApp DP of his since 2017. “I have had this DP since then. I have never changed it because I always wanted to remind him that this [playing Test cricket] should be his ultimate goal. I am thrilled it’s finally happening,” said Santosh Iyer in an interview.
“We always wanted him to play Test cricket. I have been telling Shreyas to try for a Test spot. He always used to say that it will happen. So, that’s what has happened now. Honestly, we were not expecting it to happen against New Zealand. I will be on my toes, certainly. We expect him to perform well. It is a big opportunity since other stalwarts are not in the team,” concluded senior Iyer.
Having got injured in March 23 2021, he partially dislocated his left shoulder during the home ODIs against England and had to undergo a surgery. By the time he was back in the second leg of the IPL 2021 in September, he had already lost the captaincy to Rishabh Pant. It’s difficult for any player to come back from an injury and perform right from the word go, and to add to the misery, he had also lost his captaincy. It was both physically and mentally tough for him to keep up to the standards. His grit and determination didn’t let him down and 25th November and 26th November will be etched in gold in his memory as his Test Debut and Century on Test Debut respectively.
A lot of credit has to be given to him for his first class career. The records says he has 4592 runs to his credit with batting average of 52.18 punctuated with 23 half centuries and 12 centuries. With Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul resuming the services for the upcoming series, its going to be a welcome headache for the selectors and Shreyas Iyer will always be on the toes to see his name in the playing 11.
Here’s a look at list of the Indians who have scored Century on their Test Debut.
Test Century on Debut by an Indian
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