IND VS NZ: Shreyas Iyer gets very emotional as he gets his TEST CAP from idol Sunil Gavaskar – Watch video

Shreyas Iyer became the 303rd play for India after he was handed his debut in the IND vs NZ 1st test starting in Kanpur on Thursday. The 26-year-old received his Test cap from former skipper and legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar before the start of play in the team huddle. Iyer was emotional as he received the cap from his idol, and his dream of representing India in the longest format became true.

India batter Shreyas Iyer on Thursday received his Test cap from former skipper and legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar ahead of the first match against New Zealand.

The first Test of the two-match series between India and New Zealand began on Thursday in Kanpur. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared the video in which Gavaskar can be seen handing the Test cap to Iyer, while all other players congratulate the India batter.

“A moment to cherish for @ShreyasIyer15 as he receives his #TeamIndia Test cap from Sunil Gavaskar – one of the best to have ever graced the game,” BCCI tweeted.

Shreyas Iyer’s father Santosh Iyer also was proud watching his son in India whites for the first time. Iyer had been called up to the India squad back in 2017, but it was a four year wait for the Mumbai star to make his Test debut. Santosh Iyer said, “I’ve Shreyas’ DP on WhatsApp of him holding the BG Trophy in 2017. I haven’t changed the DP since then because I always wanted to remind that playing Test cricket should be his ultimate goal. I’m thrilled it’s finally happening”.

Meanwhile, India won the toss and opted to bat against New Zealand in the first Test of the two-match series here at the Green Park Stadium. In the first Test, Ajinkya Rahane will be leading the side in regular skipper Virat Kohli’s absence and with Rahul now missing, it will be all about Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara rising to the challenge in the middle-order.

Iyer is most likely to slot in at No.5, with Rahane set to move to No.4 in the absence of skipper Virat Kohli. Shreyas Iyer had his fair share of fortune in getting the cap, with KL Rahul’s injury opening up a spot for him in the Plying XI. However, the Mumbai batsman will now hope to make his mark and keep challenging for a spot, with a fine performance on debut.

India Playing XI: Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav

New Zealand Playing XI: Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Blundell, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Will Young