Shreyas Iyer and Green Park Stadium have an old connection.
On Thursday morning, five years after a test match was held at the iconic Kanpur cricket hall, it was also the debut of Iyer’s test. And the 26-year-old took advantage of the opportunity to make it 75 without India winning the day with a quadruple 258.
Against a formidable New Zealand bowling team, Iyer came together brave, aggressive and stylish.
While Iyer collaborated – first with Ajinkya Rahan and later with Ravindra Jadeja – he brought back memories of an afternoon in December 2014, where he helped Mumbai in a match against Ranji Trophy Uttar Pradesh. He joined Shardul Thakur to turn the tide.
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It was Iyer’s debut season, and Mumbai suffered a defeat against Jammu and Kashmir in the previous match. Coming to the outside, in response to UP’s 206, Mumbai had eight fewer for 173, before helping to win the place lost to Iyer’s 75 and Thakur’s 87.
This introduction played a key role in Iyer’s career. He made the Indian team in 2017, but had to wait for the Test cap.
As Iyer sealed his class against the New Zealand bowlers on Thursday, it was also a moving moment for coach Praveen Amre. I
Interestingly, Amre was the coach of Mumbai in 2014 and was part of that match. “The result is a happy ending, but going was not so easy. In 2014, Shreyas played Kampur for that entry after a less (memorable) debut in Mumbai. Now he also played red ball cricket after almost two years. But it was good to see him one, and in both, his contribution was tremendous, ”Amre said. Sportsstar.
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“Even in 2014, he came to the camp knowing that if he missed that opportunity there, he might not do it again. This time too, if Virat (Kohli) had been available for the Test, he might not have appeared on the sidelines. So he knew how important this opportunity was for him, ”said Amre, a former India international.
With Kohli ready to return to the sidelines for the second test in Mumbai, the team’s management would make tough decisions, and Amre believes “it’s a good headache for the team’s management”.
“Having the right batsman on the side is always good. But you also need a senior player. Shreyas has done everything in his power, ”Amre said.
The last few months have been difficult for Iyer, who underwent shoulder surgery earlier this year after suffering an injury in a limited series against England in March. As a result, he had to miss a large part of the season.
“For any cricketer, the operation and recovery phase is the most painful. More than physical, it is mental pain. What was worse for Shreyas was that he had played half a century in the previous game and had seen it in a good touch, and then he had an injury. After the operation, he didn’t even know what to do and how to overcome it, ”Amre recalled.
While following the instructions of doctors and physicians at the National Cricket Academy, Iyer slowly began training with Amre at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s Bandra-Kurla Complex facilities. “We knew September 19th was the first match of the IPL, so we started at BKC two months earlier. Although it was raining, we were training indoors. His workload management was important, and as a coach, I also had to be careful. We organized the sessions together with the physicists and trainers, ”Amre said.
The hard work bore fruit when Iyer returned to the IPL for the Delhi Capitals and won the Man of the Match award in the second match. Although not part of the T20 World Cup, Iyer had lengthy discussions with Amre before entering the bubble for Indian teams for the Test series against New Zealand.
“The biggest challenge was that he played red ball cricket in 2019. Then there was COVID, and he was also injured. But he worked hard. He knows how he waited for this opportunity. He joined the team in 2017 and had to wait four years for that. It’s a dream for any player to play Test cricket. “
Despite the tough conditions for the batters, Iyer made a memorable debut in his test. “The situation was different, and the ball didn’t reach one. Wicket was low and slow, but he applied very well (and executed plans) and continued to build partnerships with Rahane and Jadeja, ”Amre said.