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‘Was like a fairy tale’ – Iyer on First Test Cap

Shreyas Iyer had no idea when he landed in Kanpur to join the Test team following the limited-overs portion of the New Zealand series that he would be making his Test debut. However, the events leading up to the first Test resulted in Shreyas walking out at #4 to save India’s innings.  “It was like a fairy tale, to be honest… it’s a great feeling the way everything panned out, I was very happy but not satisfied with the way I got out,” Shreyas said at the close of play on Day 2.

Late Decision of Picking

Because he was selected late, he had to change his white-ball thinking in a short amount of time. “The last (red-ball) match I played was almost three years back. I took this (Test debut) up as an opportunity and a challenge because once you play white-ball cricket for so long, then getting back to red-ball cricket is a different ball game. That mindset has to be set and the focus has to be on point. I know that I’ve got skills [for the red-ball game], that was what I really focused on.”

It was a lot of what Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane told him as well, that a Ranji Trophy average of over 50 was no ordinary achievement.  “Before the game they said that you don’t have to change anything because you’ve played this game before, you’ve played Ranji Trophy so well, and scored so many runs.”

Belonged with a Knock

The ease with which he adjusted to the format backed up Rahane and Dravid’s claims, as well as Shreyas’ personal conviction. With a knock (105) that brought India back from a hazardous position of 145 for 4, he played like he belonged.

However, this effort may not be enough to keep his spot, as Virat Kohli will be available for the next match, which will be played at Wankhede, Shreyas’ home stadium. Despite the effort, Shreyas avoided thinking about what awaited him in a week’s time and decided to take whatever came his way in stride.

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