Team India’s newest Test debutant Shreyas Iyer scored a century in the first innings of the ongoing Test match against New Zealand in Kanpur. He amassed 105 and became the 16th Indian in history to score a century on Test debut.
Since taking charge, the Kanpur Test is Rahul Dravid’s first assignment in red-ball cricket. Iyer had played under Dravid when the legendary player was coaching the India A team. Once Rahul scolded Iyer for hitting a six.
Speaking to Cricbuzz, Iyer had said, “It was a four-day match and Rahul Dravid was seeing me for the first time. It was first day’s last over. I was batting on 30 or something, so everyone thought (that since) it is the last over I’ll play out the over, I’ll play it carefully and finish it. Rahul Dravid sir was sitting inside. The bowler bowled a flighted delivery, so I stepped out and hit it in the air. It went high up in the air and it was a six. Everyone in the dressing room came out running, they were looking up, and thinking who plays the last over like this.”
“That day, he (Rahul Dravid) assessed me based on what I was. He approached me and said, ‘Boss! What’s the matter? (It could be the) day’s end so you’re acting like this? However, later in the evening, I started realising about what he was trying convey,” added Iyer.