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:
The visibility of Kanpur is very low. The only thing visible is Shreyas Iyer’s talent.
– Sagar (@sagarcasm) November 26, 2021
16th Indian cricketer makes a century on his debut!
Played it, Shreyas. Go ahead and make it big. – Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) November 26, 2021
that was in April, shortly after shoulder surgery. and here it is, just a few months later with a hundred at the test debut! #INDvNZ https://t.co/pOYbaSgf8b – Gaurav Kalra (@ gauravkalra75) November 26, 2021
Brilliant start to his testing career for @ ShreyasIyer15who combines fearlessness with the responsibility of leading India out of an impending crisis into a position of strength. Well done! – Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 26, 2021
You watch Iyer play and wonder what Rahane is doing for the Indian team – a very nice century after her debut. The only wrong shot I can remember was his first – a rash loft shot that Gavaskar called the T20 shot. pic.twitter.com/8II8mozFKU– Ashish Magotra (@clutchplay) November 26, 2021
Well played @ ShreyasIyer15
You deserve 4th place in ODI and T20i
And 5th place in tests
– Ajinkya Palkar (@ Ajinkyapalkar24) November 26, 2021
Happy about #ShreyasIyer. His talent has never been in question since we first saw him at the 2014 U19 World Cup. This is now proof that he has the temperament to do it at that level. Keeps the game moving, don’t be afraid to play the big hits. Good modern player. – Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 26, 2021
Injured, missed IPL 2021 first half, lost the captaincy in Delhi Capitals, Sri Lanka Tour (should have led the team), was not part of the 15-man squad of the 2021 T20 World Cup, then one hundred on its test debut – the trip of Shreyas Iyer in 2021. pic.twitter.com/Qd1hejvEtu– Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 26, 2021