Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - 'Was like a fairy tale' - Iyer on first Test cap and maiden hundred. Iyer played like he belonged with a knock (105) that revived India from a precarious position of 145 for 4
Iyer played like he belonged with a knock (105) that revived India from a precarious position of 145 for 4
When Shreyas Iyer arrived in Kanpur, joining up with the Test squad after the limited-overs leg of the New Zealand series, he had no idea a Test debut was around the corner. But all the events that transpired in the lead-up to the first Test, led to Shreyas walking out at #4 to revive India's innings.
This was his first red-ball outing in nearly three years but that didn't show as he paced his innings to perfection on Thursday, finishing unbeaten 75. A sleepless night ensued but was followed up with the ‘best feeling' as he marked the start of his red-ball career at the highest level with a century.
“It was like a fairy tale to be honest… it's a great feeling the way everything panned out, I was very happy but not satisfied with the way I got out,” Shreyas said at the close of play on Day 2.
The late decision of picking him meant he had to alter his white-ball mindset with a short turnaround time. “The last (red-ball) match I played was almost three years back. I took this (Test debut) up as an opportunity and a challenge because once you play white-ball cricket for so long, then getting back to red-ball cricket is a different ball game. That mindset has to be set and the focus has to be on point. I know that I've got skills [for the red-ball game], that was what I really focused on.”
It was a lot of what was reiterated to him too by Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane – that an average in excess of 50 in the Ranji Trophy was no ordinary feat. “Before the game they said that you don't have to change anything because you've played this game before, you've played Ranji Trophy so well, and scored so many runs.”
The ease with which he took to the format vindicated Rahane and Dravid's words, and also Shreyas's own conviction. He played like he belonged with a knock (105) that revived India from a precarious position of 145 for 4. Yet, this effort may not be enough for him to retain his spot as Virat Kohli will be available for the next fixture – incidentally in Shreyas's home ground at Wankhede. Shreyas sidestepped the thought of what lay ahead for him in just a week's time despite the effort, and reckoned he'd take whatever comes his way in his stride.
“My aim is to think about today, not about what's going to happen in the next game, because if I think about that, I won't be in the present and won't be able to perform on a given day. Whatever happens, happens for the best. I'll take it in my stride and move forward,” Shreyas said.
What happens with team selection in Mumbai remains to be seen, but Shreyas surely has a dinner plan with his coach Praveen Amre to look forward to at home. Amre, who also scored a century on Test debut, has seen Shreyas rise up through the ranks from the U-12 level and has spent years shaping his dream to play the longest format for the country. Shreyas reckoned Amre would've been delighted when he received his cap and revealed the conversation they had around it.
“Whenever I go for training, he [Amre] keeps saying you've achieved a lot in your life – you've been the captain of an IPL team, you've scored so many runs.. but that was in white ball cricket. But your main achievement would be when you receive your Test cap. I'm sure he'll be happy that I received it. And he said ‘I'll only come to your place for dinner if you score a century.' So after today's century, I am going to message and invite him for dinner,” Shreyas said.