India vs New Zealand 1st Test: Winning the game would have been icing on the cake, says Shreyas Iyer

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India vs New Zealand 1st Test: Winning the game would have been icing on the cake, says Shreyas Iyer

India batsman Shreyas Iyer was a bit disappointed that the team couldn’t beat New Zealand but was “happy with the overall performance” after the first Test ended in a thrilling draw on the final day at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Tuesday.

Shreyas Iyer starred in his debut Test with 105 and 65 runs to bag the Player of the Match award for his record-breaking performance. Iyer became the first Indian batsman to hit a hundred and fifty in his debut Test after being drafted into the playing XI following the injury to opener KL Rahul.

Chasing a target of 284 for victory on the final day, New Zealand slumped to 155-9 with nearly nine overs to go and an upbeat India was pressing for victory in fading light.

INDIA vs NEW ZEALAND, 1st Test: Day 5 Highlights

But Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel batted resolutely to deny India and guided New Zealand to 165-9 when bad light stopped play.

“It’s a great feeling but winning the game would have been icing on the game. The pitch was intact but our bowlers showed great fight,” Iyer said at the post-match presentation.

Talking about his own game, Iyer said he had to curb his natural instincts when he was batting in the middle in the second innings with India in a spot of bother at 51 for 5. He forged two crucial partnerships with Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha to put India in a position of strength.

“My mindset was to play the sessions and play as many balls as possible. People say I am a very flamboyant player but the situation required me to play longer. So I played for the time.

“I am really proud the way we came out from a difficult position. I am really happy with the overall performance of the team. The pressure is always there, they had a great start and played out the first two sessions really well, but we bounced back,” Iyer added.

India, without six of their Test regulars, did well to dominate in Kanpur against the World Test Champions but at the end, they had to settle for a draw despite some desperate attempts.

Thoughts would also go back to that partnership between Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel when the pair could have perhaps looked for quicker runs and given their bowlers a bigger target and more overs to operate with.

But that was not the only reason why New Zealand escaped with their first draw in India since 2010-11. The second and final Test starts at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.

Also Read | Kanpur Test: We expected bad light to come into play, says Ashwin Also Read | IND vs NZ 1st Test: New Zealand hold on for thrilling draw despite Jadeja, Ashwin heroics

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