Ganguly praises Shreyas Iyer's stunning Test Debut, wishes him best luck for SA Tour

Ganguly praises Shreyas Iyer’s stunning Test Debut, wishes him best luck for SA Tour

Shreyas Iyer enjoyed a dream Test debut in Kanpur last month in the first Test between India and the Blackcaps, Iyer scored a century in the first innings and followed it up with a fifty in the second. In the process, he became the first Indian ever to achieve such a feat.

Many praised the middle-order batter for his important knocks. Among them, one was the BCCI President himself – Sourav Ganguly. However, Ganguly feels Iyer’s real test will come when he travels to South Africa.

Iyer scored 105 and 65 in the drawn first Test between India and New Zealand at Kanpur. His performance on debut impressed selectors and saw him get picked for the tour of South Africa.

Ganguly lauds Iyer for his impressive debut and wishes him luck for SA Tour

Speaking to Boria Majumdar on ‘Backstage with Boria’, Sourav Ganguly said, “I think he averages 50 in First-Class cricket for a long period of time. I saw his First-Class average, he was averaging 52 for a period of 10 years, and you can’t be ordinary to do that. At some stage, you need an opportunity to show your talent at the international level. Ganguly added,

“I am extremely happy that he did well in his first Test, but his real test will come when he goes to South Africa. When he goes to South Africa and England, with the pace and bounce, hopefully, he will stand up and deliver.”

Sourav Ganguly heaped praise on Shreyas Iyer for scoring a century on debut, and added that it was a remarkable feat no matter where and how he accomplished it. Ganguly, who scored a century on his Test debut himself, related Iyer’s ton to his own personal experience as a cricketer. 

Ganguly relates his own Test Debut with Iyer’s

“He started well for his career, getting a hundred on debut. It’s a remarkable achievement, wherever he plays. I hope he just kicks on because he will be a better player after this knock. And I say that from my personal experience,” Ganguly said. “If I was 50 before the Test match at Lord’s, I was 90 after it, because it’s just the confidence which went to a different level. And I think it must be the same with Shreyas. He’ll start believing that ‘I can score runs at the Test level’ and that’s very important.”

“Because everybody comes with talent. Everybody comes with ability at this stage, and when you turn that into performance, it just makes you a better player, because you’re mentally in a better space”, Dada concluded.

Shreyas Iyer was given his debut cap with Virat Kohli rested for the first Test and KL Rahul picking up an injury just before the series. His performance ensured that he was selected for the second match too at Mumbai, with Ajinkya Rahane making way for Kohli.

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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