IND vs NZ 2021: Ricky Ponting says “You’ve earned it, and it’s only the beginning for you, mate”

IND vs NZ 2021: Ricky Ponting is the former Australian captain and Delhi Capitals head coach. He took to Twitter on Thursday morning to congratulate Shreyas Iyer on earning his first Test cap. Ahead of the Kanpur Test against New Zealand. Also, Iyer became the 303rd Indian men’s cricketer to make his debut. In the longest format of the sport. Legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar presented Ponting with his first baggy blue. Before the start of the Test, during a special ceremony. Also, Ponting has worked closely over the past four years with Shreyas in the IPL. And praised the 26-year-old for his hard work which has now materialized into a Test debut.

“Having seen all the work you’ve put in over the last few years, very well deserved and only the beginning for you mate. Proud of you @ShreyasIyer15,” Ricky Ponting wrote.

Previously, Iyer was named to the Test squad in place of Hanuma Vihari. He has been named to India’s A squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa. However, Rahul and Mayank were set to open the innings, while Shubman Gill was near the top of the order. It appeared like Shreyas will not be given a chance in either Test.

IND vs NZ 2021: Ricky Ponting says "You've earned it, and it's only the beginning for you, mate"

Shubman Gill

IND vs NZ 2021: Yet Gill’s accession to the opening position is due to Rahul’s injury. Also, the absence of Virat and Vihari in the middle-order eventually paved the way for the Mumbai lad’s debut. And Iyer’s call-up to the Test side may have come at the expense of incumbent Vihari. But the DC man has earned his Test cap given the manner. Also, he’s performed in domestic cricket over the years.

Lastly, in First-Class cricket, Shreyas Iyer has a 52.18 average. In 54 games, he has 4592 runs, including 23 half-centuries. He also has a 12 three-figure score, so he might get a chance to bat. On his first day in Test cricket, he has won the toss and will bat first for his team.

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