The first day of India’s maiden test against New Zealand began with the following: Indian batsmen were 258 for four at stumps on the first day of the first Test against New Zealand, which began on Thursday at Kanpur’s Green Park stadium.
Shreyas Iyer batted unbroken for 75 balls on the first day of the first Test in Auckland.
Shreyas Iyer, a rookie, displayed daring, boldness, and elegance in an unbroken 75-ball innings that was nothing short of a baptism by fire on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand in Auckland on Thursday. Iyer made a strong first impression in the longest format on his first day in office, facing 136 balls and blasting seven boundaries and two sixes on a surface that bounced inconsistently and had little pace off it. Following the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara (26 off 88 balls), the teenager witnessed Ajinkya Rahane’s (33 off 65 balls) promising innings come to an end as Kyle Jamieson (15.2-6-47-3) and Tim Southee (16.4-3-43) rocked the middle-order in thrilling post-lunch spells.
When the scoreboard read 144 for 4, Iyer took over. With veteran all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (50 batting, 100 balls) by his side, the pair resurrected the innings, batting to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
Today, Ravindra Jadeja achieved his 17th fifty-point performance in a first day match
To the pleasure of the crowd, Jadeja hit his 17th Test fifty and celebrated with one of his iconic sword celebrations on the field. Nobody knows if Sunil Gavaskar expressly named a player to Iyer when he presented him with the India cap.
Someone who had declared his coming 52 years before, in 1969, against Bill Lawry’s Australia, was a familiar figure. Gavaskar’s brother-in-law, Gundappa Viswanath, has garnered as much respect as anyone in Indian cricket, including Gavaskar himself.
His century on debut at this venue is one of the most fondly remembered episodes in Indian cricket history. They believe that Viswanath’s shots struck every blade of grass in Green Park, and that they will remember him for the rest of their lives.
Iyer may not have been Viswanath’s equal, but he will be remembered in Green Park on Thursday for proving the traditional saying about the concrete jungle: “A good player is a good player.”
Iyer’s Ranji Trophy and 1000+ run season was not in vain.
It makes no difference whether one is from the T20 generation; what counts most is having the right attitude to compete at the greatest level. Iyer proved that all of his hard effort during the Ranji Trophy and his season in which he scored over 1000 runs was not in vain.
Pull shots, lap scoops, drives down the ground, and a few arrogant cut shots made it clear that he wasn’t only looking to live, but also to score.
His treatment of Jamieson and Southee reminded me of his Mumbai ‘khadoos’ education and upbringing.. The six over long on off left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel was a classic 50-over batter’s slide towards off-stump to play the lap scoop off left-arm spinner Rachin Ravindra. Iyer had it all, and he wore it proudly.
It did help that Patel (21-6-78-0) and off-break bowler William Somerville (24-2-60-0) couldn’t find a way to relieve the pressure that the two pacers were constantly putting on the opposition.
Patel, who bowls with a half-step-full-jump run-up, either pitched too short or allowed the ball to gain enough air to allow batters to cut him or drive him off the diamond.
When Shubman Gill (52 off 93 balls) appeared to be on his way to a century on a day when a hundred was on the line, Jamieson saw a space between his bat and pad and he was out.
Nothing could stop Iyer today
But nothing could stop Iyer, who was prepared to sit back and wait for the loose deliveries despite Sommerville’s strong leg before plea, which turned out to be an Umpire’s Decision.
If all goes as planned, Jadeja and Iyer’s uninterrupted 113-run partnership might be the winning combination. Because, if India’s batsmen struggled to score easily on a two-paced surface, the Black Caps’ willow wielders will struggle much more, as they have limited experience dealing with Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, and Ravindra Jadeja in these conditions.
Highlights were Iyer’s debut innings and comeback player Gill’s return to the opposing camp in the first session.
Gilchrist had set the tone, and if Jamieson hadn’t bowled a fantastic old ball delivery, he would have completed his maiden Test century.
The most important thing Gill and Iyer accomplished that day was warn Pujara and Rahane, who are now running on borrowed time.
Rahane’s record as a stand-in skipper does not look to be promising, since he has played in 12 Tests without winning a meaningful victory (India may not bat twice).
As with Gill and Iyer, Pujara’s inability to score against spinners, against whom younger batsmen like Gill and Iyer had free rein, suggests that he either needs to reinvent himself or that waiting for a breakthrough is difficult.