2021 has been no less than a roller-coaster ride for Shreyas Iyer. Having led Delhi Capitals to the final of IPL 2020 last year, scoring 519 runs with the bat, Iyer was removed from the captaincy position after he suffered an injury setback earlier this year. The middle-order batsman even had to miss the first half of the IPL 2021 because of his dislocated shoulder. After months of rehab, returned to cricket during the UAE leg of IPL and showed decent form and great intent as he amassed 175 runs from 8 games.
Later on, Iyer was named in India’s T20 World Cup, however, was removed and drafted back into the main team during the 3 T20Is against New Zealand. Though, Iyer made his ODI and T20I debut in 2017 but had to wait a long time to earn his maiden Test cap, despite having great numbers in first-class cricket.
Coming into the Kanpur Test, Shreyas Iyer grabbed the opportunity with both hands and made the occasion even bigger with a stunning century on his maiden Test match.
Shreyas Iyer received his maiden cap in Tests ahead of his debut against New Zealand in the first of the 2-match Test series on Thursday from the legendary Sunil Gavaskar. The talented right-hander got the perfect opportunity to showcase his talent to the world with the team missing key players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul. Iyer didn’t let the pressure get to his head and gave a crucial performance just when the team needed it the most.
He walked out to bat at number 5 after the home team elected to bat first after winning the toss. He registered his maiden fifty off 94 balls and looked at home, in the second session on Day 1.
On Day 2, Shreyas began the day by smashing Kyle Jamieson for a four. He finished day 1 remaining unbeaten on 75. Though his batting partner Ravindra Jadeja was dismissed for his overnight score of 50, but Iyer carried on and smashed some stunning shots. It didn’t take him long to add 25 runs to complete his maiden century.
Iyer became the 16th Indian batter to score a century on his Test debut. He joined an elite list of batsmen who gave smashed century on maiden Test, which includes: Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, and Shikhar Dhawan.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 26, 2021
Meanwhile, fans on social media went berserk as they flooded Twitter with their amazing reactions to Iyer’s century, From VVS Laxman to Harsha Bhogle, several cricketers and experts also took to Twitter to laud the performance of Iyer.
Here, check out the reactions of Twitterati on this:
A magnificent innings under pressure from #ShreyasIyer . Showed great maturity, composure and class and becomes the 16th Indian to Score Century on Test Debut. Well Played @ShreyasIyer15 . Many more to come ! pic.twitter.com/UAu27wcWTH
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 26, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) November 26, 2021
on debut that to came at the difficult stage #ShreyasIyer
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) November 26, 2021
Youngsters can take inspiration from @ShreyasIyer15 on how to make every chance count. It was just one-off Test for him as Virat will be back for Mumbai. This ton has made his own luck and place in this team. Will he now play the next test at his home ground? #INDvNZ
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) November 26, 2021
Injured, Missed out IPL 2021 first half, lost the captaincy in Delhi Capitals, Sri Lanka tour (should have lead the team), was not part of the 15 member squad of T20 World Cup 2021 then to hundred on his Test debut – the journey of Shreyas Iyer in 2021. pic.twitter.com/Qd1hejvEtu
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 26, 2021
Delighted for #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, isn't afraid to play the big shots. Good modern player.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 26, 2021
— Soumya Biswal (@Soumyahere17) November 26, 2021
— Alok (@Alok_Raj18) November 26, 2021
A century on debut. First of many. Well played, Shreyas Iyer. #IndvNZ
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 26, 2021
— DK (@DineshKarthik) November 26, 2021
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) November 26, 2021
Never easy to return to top level cricket after an injury. Not if you are Shreyas Iyer.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) November 26, 2021
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) November 26, 2021
(@Samcasm7) November 26, 2021