Former Indian cricket team opener Aakash Chopra had said on the first day of the Kanpur Test match that the selectors snatched Hanuma Vihari’s right and gave it to Shreyas Iyer, which was not right. However, by the end of the first day of the match, Shreyas Iyer responded to all the critics including Aakash Chopra who were making rhetoric against him. Not only this, on the second day of the match, he completely silenced the critics by scoring a brilliant century.
Shreyas Iyer may not have played first-class cricket for a long time, but he showed in the first match of the two-match Test series against New Zealand that he has the ability that he has achieved in domestic cricket. Shreyas Iyer scored an average of more than 50 in first-class cricket and here he proved that he has the power that very few batsmen have. He struggled in the opening balls against New Zealand and scored his first run by playing aerial shots.
Shreyas Iyer scored 100 runs in 157 balls with the help of 12 fours and 2 sixes. He is the 16th Indian player to score a century in Test debut. Apart from this, he is the third Indian player to score a century in Test debut against New Zealand. At the same time, he is the third player to score a century while debuting at the oldest age. Shreyas has scored a century at the age of 26 years 355 days.
Shreyas Iyer is the second Indian player after Gundappa Viswanath to score a century at the Greenpark Stadium in Kanpur. At the same time, he is the second Mumbai player, who has scored a century in Test debut. Prior to him, Mumbai’s Praveen Amre had scored a century for India in his Test debut in 1992. He is the third player to play for Mumbai. Before him, Praveen Amre, Rohit Sharma had scored a century in Test debut.