The two-match Test series between India and New Zealand has started from today at the historic Greenpark Stadium in Kanpur. Players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant have been rested in the team and now Shreyas Iyer has got a chance to start his Test career with this series. Shreyas has become the number 303rd player to make his Test debut for India as soon as he joins the playing XI. India’s great batsman Sunil Gavaskar handed over the debut cap to Shreyas.
Captain Rahane had made it clear in the press conference on the eve of the match that Shreyas Iyer would debut in the first Test match. He had said, ‘Shreyas is going to debut in Kanpur. Unfortunately, KL Rahul is injured and will not be part of the squad for the next two Tests. So Shreyas will debut. Iyer can now be seen playing in place of Virat Kohli at No. Iyer started the limited overs in 2017 itself.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 25, 2021
The 26-year-old Shreyas Iyer played his first ODI for India in 2017 against Sri Lanka in Dharamsala and the first T20 International against New Zealand. He has so far scored 813 runs in 22 ODIs for India at an average of 42.79 and 580 runs in 31 International T20 matches at an average of 27.62.