A long wait came to an end for Shreyas Iyer at Kanpur as he was handed his maiden Indian Test cap by the great Sunil Gavaskar. Having represented India in the shorter formats, the Mumbai batter finally got his chance in the red ball game. With Virat Kohli resting for the Test and Hanuma Vihari touring South Africa with India A, Shreyas got his opportunity.
And he grabbed with both hands as he scored a gritty ton on debut. Shreyas Iyer scored 105 runs in his maiden Test innings as he joined an elite list of Indians who have achieved the feat. As Hsreyas became the 10th Indian batsman to score a ton on debut in a home Test, he helped India to a respectable total of 354 in the first innings.
Kanpur crowd cheers up debutant Shreyas Iyer with his “favourite chant”
With the pandemic subsiding, the crowd has been allowed for the New Zealand tour of India. With the fans back in attendance, the atmosphere was electric as India looked to exact revenge for the loss in the World Test Championship final. As the home fans enjoyed their team’s batting on day one, they did their best to cheer up debutant Shreyas Iyer as he took to the field on day one.
Earlier, Shreyas had shared a funny clip from India’s tour of Australia last year where fans directed a hilarious and unique chant towards him. The stylish batter took to Instagram to share the clip in which fans can be heard chanting: “1 rupee ki Pepsi Iyer Bhai sexy.” The batsman captioned the video, “Found my new favourite chant #soundon. Can’t wait to get back!”
As Shreyas Iyer put up an impressive batting performance, the Kanpur crowd shouted the batter’s ‘favourite chant’ to encourage him. they were heard chanting, “Das Rupay Ki Pepsi, Iyer Bhai Sexy” as the batter continued to score runs off a tired New Zealand bowling line up in the final session.
It was for his ton along with Shubman Gill and Ravindra Jadeja‘s fifty that India managed to cross the 300 run mark with handy contributions from Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin who got good starts. In reply, the Kiwis have come out all guns blazing as they finished day two with 129 runs on the board without losing a wicket.