Rahul sir told me to bat as many balls as possible: Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer made a lucrative Test debut in his first two innings with hundreds and half-centuries. Iyer scored 105 runs in the first dig and 65 runs in further testing conditions India Out of a tough spot in a strong position against New Zealand in the ongoing Kanpur Test on Sunday.

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Iyer thus became the first Indian batsman to score a century and a half-century on Test debut and the first batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to score two fifty-plus scores in the first Test from his country.

When Iyer came out to bat on Sunday, the New Zealand pacer was striking fast in the morning session to put struggling India. When he stood guard, India had lost captain Ajinkya Rahane with a scoreboard of 41/3.

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He then saw Tim Southee take two wickets in the same over and the hosts slipped to 51/4. And by the time Iyer left after the start of the third season, he had done his job of pulling India out of a deep hole.

During an interaction with broadcasters, the 26-year-old said that he is used to batting in such conditions in domestic cricket and his mindset was to deliver as many deliveries as possible, advice given by head coach Rahul Dravid.

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Iyer explained, “I have been in this situation before, not with the Indian team but with my Ranji team (Mumbai).” “The mindset was to play sessions and play as many balls as possible. I wasn’t even thinking. Too far ahead, just focusing on the present.

He said, ‘Rahul sir told me to bat as many balls as possible and I was determined to do so.

On his record of becoming the first Indian to score a century and a half-century on Test debut, he said, “Yeah, I knew about it. Many others have done it from other teams but I was told that I am the first one from India. It feels good but the most important thing is to win the match.”

Thanks to a half-century from Iyer and an unbeaten 61 from Wriddhiman Saha, who brushed off a neck problem, India set New Zealand on 284 to win the Test and then were reduced to 4/1 at the end of the day’s play. Took an early wicket to

Asked why the team delayed the announcement despite a good lead, Iyer said, “We thought 250 would have been a good score including a first innings lead, so we are very happy with where we are now. Actually, with the wicket today. Nothing special was happening along the way, the ball was keeping a little low. The point was to reach a competitive total and I think it’s a really good total. We have real spin power, so hopefully we can finish tomorrow. Will take.”

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