On Friday, Shreyas Iyer He etched his name in the history books by becoming the 15th Indian batsman to hit a century in his first test cricket match. He also became the third Indian to hit a ton against New Zealand in his first test.
Iyer reached the milestone against black caps in Day 2 of the first test in progress at Green Park in Kanpur. On the first ball of the 92nd of India’s first innings, the Mumbaikar batsman gently tapped the ball behind the spot to grab a pair and complete his hundred. Although, in ’97, Will Young caught Iyer for 105 runs. He scored 13 fours and a pair of sixes.
Hundred in debut test for India (in home tests):
- 118 – Lala Amarnath, 1933
- 110 – Deepak Shodhan, 1952
- 100 * – AG Kripal Singh, 1955
- 105 – Hanumant Singh, 1964
- 137 – Gundappa Vishwanath, 1969
- 110 – Mohammad Azharuddin, 1985
- 187 – Shikhar Dhawan, 2013
- 177 – Rohit Sharma, 2013
- 134 – Prithvi Shaw, 2018
- 105 – Shreyas Iyer, 2021
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
It’s never easy to go back to top-tier cricket after injury. Not if you are Shreyas Iyer. 💯🔥🔥
– Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) November 26, 2021
Magnificent tickets under pressure from #ShreyasIyer . He showed great maturity, composure and class and became the 16th Indian in Score Century on his test debut. Well played @ ShreyasIyer15 . Many more to come! pic.twitter.com/UAu27wcWTH
– VVS Laxman (@ VVSLaxman281) November 26, 2021
A century into the debut. First of many. Well played, Shreyas Iyer. #IndvNZ
– Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 26, 2021
– Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) November 26, 2021
– Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) November 26, 2021
A special moment for @ ShreyasIyer15 💯
– BCCI (@BCCI) November 26, 2021
– Wasim Jaffer (@ WasimJaffer14) November 26, 2021
What a dream to start #ShreyasIyer Race test. All the hard work and constant scoring runs in top-notch cricket come in handy. One of the best when it comes to playing spin in India and many congratulations on a 100 debut @ ShreyasIyer15 . #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/5SoksX3d2m
– Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) November 26, 2021
Enchanted by #ShreyasIyer. His talent was never in doubt since we first saw him at that 2014 U19 World Cup. This is proof now that he has the temperament to do it at this level. Keeps the game moving, not afraid to play the big shots. Good modern player.
– Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 26, 2021
– CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) November 26, 2021
Congratulations @ ShreyasIyer15 great great moment. Well played. He waited for years. The injury made him more determined. It may be the beginning of many.
– Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) November 26, 2021
Shreyas Iyer with a debut century. And a solid hit to that, how cool! #INDvNZ
– Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) November 26, 2021
A century into the test debut for India.
– 16th Indian
– 13th Indian in debut posadas
– tenth Indian at home
– 2nd in Kanpur (after Gundappa Viswanath)
PS: Now the last three Indians to make a century in the debut of the test are: Rohit, P Shaw and now Iyer, all from Mumbai!#INDvNZ
– Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 26, 2021
✅ Sublime batting
– Indians of Bombay (@mipaltan) November 26, 2021
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