BCCI uploaded a video on Thursday that showed a certain serenity on Iyer’s face. Iyer was seen receiving an encouraging speech from Gavaskar as coach Dravid, captain Ajinkya Rahane and the rest of the teammates watched and applauded him for his moment.
Iyer knows what he’s accomplished better than anyone, maybe that’s why he got emotional when he kissed the test cap.
The rendezvous with Kanpur is nothing new to Iyer. In 2019, he saved the Mumbai Ranji team with his brave blow of 75 against the formidable attack by Pravin Kumar, Ankit Rajpoot and Piyush Chawal. Now he got his test cap at the same place where he announced his arrival for red ball cricket.
The trial cap did indeed look in his grip, but he missed it on a number of occasions. In March 2017 he was called up to replace Virat Kohli for the fourth and final test against Australia in Dharamsala, but missed the test cap by a hair.
Now, after four years, he finally got the moment, a moment that will take some time to subside.