After losing the first ODI series by 2-1 (3), India, who are playing in Bangladesh, are now entering the 2-match Test series. Currently 5th in the points table in the series as part of the World Test Championship Cup, India are desperate to win the series 2 – 0 (2) to qualify for the final at the London Oval Cricket Ground in June 2023. In that situation, India won the toss and announced that they will bat first in the first match which started at Chattogram ground on 14th December at 9 am Indian time.
Opening the batting in the absence of key players including captain Rohit Sharma, opener Subman Gill, who showed composure early on, hit a wrong sweet shot for 20 (40) and got out. On the other side of him, temporary captain KL Rahul, who had to act responsibly, was as usual efficient and bolted for 22 (54) runs. India got off to a modest start after stumbling to 48/3 as promising star Virat Kohli also got out for 1 run after Potagukura.
In that situation, Chetteswar Pujara, who was paired with him, batted as an anchor in his own style, on the other hand, Rizb Bundy, who was bleached in his usual style, put up a partnership of 64 runs for the 4th wicket and got out for 46 (45) runs with 6 fours and 2 sixes. However, his successor Shreyas Iyer has been the anchor and has been playing along with Pujara in an effort to strengthen India.
— ICC (@ICC) December 14, 2022
The pair now have a 62-run partnership for the 5th wicket, with Shreyas Iyer scoring 41* (77) and Pujara 42* (116) in the first day’s tea break. At that time, India scored 174/4. Shreyas Iyer, who made his Kanpur debut in the Test series against New Zealand in December last year, scored a century in the first match and scored 105 runs.
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After that, he got out in single digit runs in his first 10 innings like 65, 18, 14, 27, 92, 67, 15, 19, 41* and is getting at least double digit runs without wasting much. Through this, Shreyas Iyer has also created a unique record of being the first player in the 90-year history of Indian Test cricket to score double-digit runs in his first 10 innings.
— CRICKETNMORE (@cricketnmore) December 14, 2022
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Before this, no Indian batsman in history, including Sachin and Dhoni, had scored consecutive double-digit runs in their first 10 Test innings. What’s more, he has a weakness for stumbling on short-pitched balls, but in ODI and Test cricket, that too on spin-friendly pitches.
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Because of that, Shreyas Iyer, who holds the record of highest run scorer in all types of cricket in this 2022 international cricket, is identifying himself as a promising star player.