From hospital bed to hundred on Test debut – Fans react to Shreyas Iyer’s fabulous comeback

There’s no better way to round off a roller coaster year with a centenary testing debut for a player, and Shreyas Iyer just did that in Kanpur in the first of the two-game series against New Zealand. There’s no good time to be injured, but Shreyas Iyer sustained a shoulder injury at a very critical point in his career as he was just beginning to cement his place on the Indian white ball team and the IPL as captain of Delhi Capitals ( DC).

Iyer had dislocated his shoulder during the three-game ODI series at home against England in March and later had to undergo surgery, which meant he was incapacitated for at least four months. Iyer missed the first half of the IPL and Rishabh Pant was named the new captain of the Delhi Capitals.

Fortunately for him, the IPL was put on hold and postponed until September and he had recovered by that point. However, he was robbed of his captain and only played as a player in the second half, losing his place in India’s T20 team and was there in the reserve for the T20 World Cup.

However, he returned in the recently completed T20 series with three games against New Zealand and was selected on the testing squad. He made his test debut with Kohli resting from the first test and KL Rahul suffered an injury, and boy, he made a statement and a half.

Iyer got off to a scratchy start to his innings, bowing to get off target but slowly calming down and playing the ball to his advantage. The occasional delivery stayed low while some moved away from the surface, but Iyer got India out of a difficult position around 145/4 and along with Ravindra Jadeja, whose clout has skyrocketed in recent years, has found his side on a strong one Total.

Iyer got his first half century up with 94 balls and continued to hit the three-digit mark. He crashed shortly thereafter in the first session on Day 2 against Tim Southee, who was caught on the point of being in the middle of a fabulous spell that came to his whistle.

Iyer became the 10th Indian batter to crack a century in the Test debut on home soil, and the 16th Indian batter overall. Iyer’s innings and his partnership of 121 runs with Jadeja were critical to the hosts getting 345. This is how the fans reacted to Iyer’s innings and his breathtaking comeback:

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