Shreyas Iyer scores a fifty on Test debut

Shreyas Iyer, the 303rd test cricketer for India, made an immediate mark on everyone by scoring a tremendous and much required fifty for his side. Iyer came in to bat in the 38th over when Tim Southee removed a confident-looking Cheteshwar Pujara. The team score was just 106 at that time, and India looked in all sorts of trouble after losing two early wickets in the post-lunch session.

Shreyas Iyer did not look comfortable for the few balls that he faced. Some nerves made the otherwise natural stroke player look a bit tentative. Iyer got off the mark with a perilous shot over the midwicket. But once he managed to hit a boundary in the same over by Aijaz Patel, he looked a little more relaxed and calmer in his approach to the inning.

He tried to string together a partnership with Ajinkya Rahane. Together the duo added around 30 odd runs to the total before an in-form Jamieson removed the stand-in captain in the 50th over of the match.

Then walked in Ravindra Jadeja, at number 6, and both the batters made it their interim goal to negotiate the session. At the end of the second session of the play, India were 156 for 4. In the third session of the play, both the batters took their sweat time, but after a point, Shreyas Iyer felt more settled and decided to take on the bowlers.

Iyer decided to target Rachin Ravindra, another debutant, and stroked him all around the park on different occasions to keep the pressure at bay. He brought up his fifty in the 68th over. It took him 94 balls to reach the milestone, and he scored just 6 boundaries in this inning.