After cleaning New Zealand in the T20 series, Team India has now returned to the longest format of cricket. The two-match Test series between India and New Zealand is starting from today at the historic Greenpark Stadium in Kanpur. India have a chance to avenge the defeat in the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand by winning this series. Players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant have been rested in the team and now Shreyas Iyer has a chance to start his Test career with this series. If Shreyas joins India’s playing XI today, he will be the number 303rd player to make his Test debut for India. However, apart from Shreyas, Suryakumar Yadav is also in line to make his Test debut.
But captain Rahane made it clear in the press conference on the eve of the match that Shreyas Iyer would debut in the first Test match. He 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. If Iyer makes his debut, then he can be seen playing in place of Virat Kohli at No. Iyer made his limited overs debut in 2017 itself, but four years have elapsed since his dream of becoming a Test cricketer has been fulfilled.
Will become India’s number 303 Test player
If 26-year-old Shreyas Iyer makes his debut, he will become the 303rd player to play Test cricket for the Indian team. He 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.