Shreyas Iyer, an Indian middle-order batsman, became the first Indian to score a century and fifty in his debut Test match. In the first of the two-Test series being held in Kanpur, he accomplished the feat against New Zealand. Iyer hit a free-flowing 105 in the first innings before rescuing India with another calm 65 in the second. As he worked hard and dug in before making the effort count, his demeanor was on show for all to observe.

He also ranks third in the history of most runs scored by an Indian in their maiden Test, with 170 runs recorded in two innings. Shikhar Dhawan has the highest score of 187 against Australia in Mohali (2012), followed by Rohit Sharma’s 177 against the West Indies in Kolkata (2013).

India began the fourth day with a comfortable 63-run advantage and nine wickets in hand. In the opening session, though, the Kiwi bowlers wreaked havoc, ripping through the middle order in no time. At 51/5, India was in trouble, with Tim Southee leading the charge from one end. The duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Shreyas Gopal then put on a crucial 52-run stand. Wriddhiman Saha continued the repair job and put on another fifty-run stand with Shreyas, but Ashwin fell for a well-made 32. At Tea, India appeared to be on their way to victory, but an untimely dismissal for Shreyas down the leg side allowed the Kiwis to claw their way back into the game.

If the morning belonged to New Zealand’s bowlers, who chose to prolong Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s poor form, the afternoon belonged to Iyer, who scored his sixth half-century in the final session of the day. This is undoubtedly an innings that will breathe new life into Saha’s Test career. This came after the drama of failures for stand-in skipper Rahane and his interim deputy Pujara continued, leaving India at 51 for 5 after the first 75 minutes of the morning session. India was 167/6 at tea, with a 216-run advantage and the tail yet to bat.