IND vs NZ Test: Former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday presented India’s ‘Test Cap’ to Shreyas Iyer. In this way, head coach Rahul Dravid revived the old tradition of getting this coveted cap from the stalwarts of Indian cricket to new players. Iyer became the 303rd player to make his Test debut for India. Before the toss against New Zealand, the legendary batsman Gavaskar presented him with the cap. Dravid had invited Gavaskar for this special event.
Earlier during the T20I series, Dravid had invited Ajit Agarkar, one of the most successful Indian limited-overs bowlers, to hand over the national team cap to Harshal Patel.
It has been a tradition to get the national cap from former Australian legends. India had such a tradition earlier as well but for some time only the captain or a senior player or a member of the support staff used to hand over the cap to the debutant.
IND vs NZ First Test: Shubman Gill hits half-century
Returning from injury, Shubman Gill showed his natural game after hesitation to score an unbeaten half-century as India scored 82 for one at lunch on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand on Thursday.
Gill, who could not play against England due to injury, is still at the crease after scoring 52 runs. He completed his fourth half-century of his Test career by playing catchy shots around the ground and especially kept the New Zealand spinners on the backfoot. Gill has hit five fours and one six so far.
Mayank Agarwal (13 off 28 balls), who opened the innings with Gill, missed a golden opportunity to cement his place in the team. He was caught by wicketkeeper Tom Blundell off fast bowler Kyle Jamieson (1 wicket for 12 runs).
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Cheteshwar Pujara batted in his familiar style. He is currently playing 15 runs off 61 balls. However, it didn’t affect Gill, who, after being cautious in Tim Southee’s first spell, spoiled left-arm spinner Ayaz Patel’s length with his beautiful cuts and drives.
Earlier, Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bat first. India has given Shreyas Iyer while New Zealand has given Rachin Ravindra a chance to make his Test debut. Gill was given out leg before off a Saudi delivery but the batsman resorted to DRS forcing the umpire to change the decision.
After Patel came on the attack, a different type of Gill was seen. The Mumbai-born spinner had a square cut or a back cut on the short pitched balls and then showed off his drive skills on the forward pitched balls. When Kane Williamson changed Patel’s edge, Gill hit him for a six.