30 November 2021 19:42

‘Proud of you’: Ricky Ponting reacts as Shreyas Iyer becomes India’s 303rd Test cricketer

Shreyas Iyer registered half-century as India dominated Day 1 of the ongoing first Test on Thursday.

Former Australia cricket captain Ricky Ponting AO is proud of Shreyas Iyer as the batter made his Test debut for India against New Zealand in Kanpur.

26-year-old Shreyas Iyer became India’s 303rd Test cricketer, receiving his maiden Test cap from the legendary Sunil Gavaskar.

This Test cap has come after 4592 first-class runs in 54 matches at an average of 52.18.

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Image source: Ricky Ponting with Shreyas Iyer – Facebook.
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Shreyas Iyer registered half-century as India dominated Day 1 of the ongoing first Test on Thursday. At stumps on Day 1, India’s score read 258/4 with Iyer (75*) and Jadeja (50*) currently unbeaten at the crease.

Resuming third and final session at 154/4, Iyer and Jadeja began from where they left off and the right-handed Iyer brought up his half-century in the 68th over of the innings. Iyer and Jadeja ensured that India do not lose any more wickets before the close of play on Day 1.

Ricky Ponting, who is also the head coach of the Delhi Capitals, posted a heart-warming message for the batter on Twitter.

Ricky Ponting, a three-time World Cup-winning captain, has worked closely with Shreyas Iyer at Delhi Capitals to deliver a stellar show in IPL 2020.

After IPL 2021, Shreyas Iyer was selected for Indiaโ€™s main squad to play in the three-match T20Is series against New Zealand.

Shreyas Iyer scored 5 and 25 in the first and third T20Is and did not get a chance to bat in the second game as India wrapped up the series 3-0 to inflict a whitewash on the BlackCaps.

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It hasn’t been an easy year for Shreyas Iyer. He missed a lot of action due to a shoulder injury sustained against England.

Shreyas Iyer made his ODI debut back in 2017, played 54 limited-overs matches.

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