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Ricky Ponting Applauds Shreyas Iyer For Making His Test Debut
By CricShots - Nov 25, 2021 3:08 pm
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Former Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting was seen congratulating Shreyas Iyer on Thursday after the India batter made his Test debut in the first of a 2-match series against New Zealand at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. Iyer got his maiden Test cap from legendary Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar who was at the Green Park Stadium earlier in the day.

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Shreyas Iyer made his Test debut in Test

Shreyas Iyer became India’s 303rd Test cricketer and the first since Yuvraj Singh in 2003 to make his Test debut against New Zealand. The 26-year-old received the Test cap from Sunil Gavaskar who was seen addressing the team huddle on Thursday morning in Kanpur.

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As Sunil Gavaskar pointed out during the T20I series, India, under Rahul Dravid’s coaching tenure, has brought back the tradition of having former cricketers handing caps to the debutants. While Ajit Agarkar handed the T20I cap to Harshal Patel last week, Iyer got his Test cap from legendary Gavaskar. Here is the video of teh same:

Taking to social media, Ricky Ponting said it is a well-deserved entry into the Test team for Shreyas Iyer, who made his India debut in as early as 2017. Ricky Ponting tweeted, “Having seen all the work you’ve put in over the last few years, very well deserved and only the beginning for you mate. Proud of you Shreyas Iyer.”

Notably, Ponting has been working with Iyer at Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Iyer was captain when Delhi reached their maiden final in IPL 2020. The 26-year-old, who plays for Mumbai, has a terrific first-class record — 4592 runs in 54 matches at an average of 52.18.

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Shreyas Iyer has hit 12 first-class centuries with his best score being 202 not out. Suryakumar Yadav was added as a replacement to KL Rahul and it was expected that the Mumbai Indians batter would also be in contention for the middle-order spot but the opportunity has gone to Iyer, who was picked as part of the original squad for the 2-Test series.