BLOG: The fruit of restraint

Shreyas Iyer … 200 runs …

Shreyas Iyer … 202 not out …

Shreyas Iyer at Wankhede Stadium in October 2015 and Brabourne in February 2017 These big games played out. I still remember both these innings. Because as a scorer, I have witnessed both these innings. Shreyas scored a century in his debut in the Kanpur Test today. And the memories of both these innings are fresh again.

In 2015, I saw Shreyas playing for the first time in the Ranji match against Punjab. Shreyas scored 200 runs in that match. And Mumbai won that match. Australia had toured India in 2017. Coincidentally, I got an opportunity from MCA to score in a three-day practice match before the Test series. Shreyas, who played for India ‘A’ in that match at Brabourne Stadium, had scored 202 not out against Australia.

There is a case in this match. India’s innings was falling to one side. But on the other hand, the flow of runs from Iyer’s bat continued. This time Matthew Wade started sledging from the slip behind Warner and Stump. But it didn’t make any difference to Iyer. He celebrated his double century by hitting a six to Nathan Lyon and gave a good reply to the Kangaroos. The same innings earned Iyer a place in the Indian Test team that year but he was not played in the final.

In fact, Shreyas’ Test debut was very long. He should have had a chance to make his debut when he was in the form he was four years ago. His performances in national cricket and IPL have opened the door for him to play in ODIs and T20s. But the Test team did not get a chance. He found the opportunity he had been looking for for the last four years in Kanpur. Where he started his first-class career. & Nbsp;

Shreyas got a Test cap from India’s great batsman Sunil Gavaskar. It was a moment of pride for everyone involved in Mumbai cricket. And that was the fruit of Shreyas Iyer’s restraint for so many years. And with the same restraint, he also celebrated his Test century in his debut. This performance put him in the same category as Mumbaikar Shiledar, Praveen Amare, Rohit Sharma and Prithvi Shaw.

So the answer is no. Because Virat Kohli is not in the team, Shreyas got a chance. And it is true that Virat will replace Shreyas in the second Test in Mumbai. So it remains to be seen how much more patience Shreyas will need to exercise to secure his place in the Test team.

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