Iyer grew to become the 302nd participant to make his Check debut for the nationwide staff and earlier than the toss in opposition to New Zealand right here, it was India’s best opener and former skipper Gavaskar who was invited by Dravid to current the cap to a fellow Mumbaikar.
Earlier, throughout the T20I sequence, Dravid had invited considered one of India’s most profitable white-ball bowlers Ajit Agarkar to current Harshal Patel together with his nationwide cap.
🎥 A second to cherish for @ShreyasIyer15 as he receives his #TeamIndia Check cap from Sunil Gavaskar – one of many be… https://t.co/NE6xpiPytd
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1637810479000
The tradition of former stalwarts presenting the nationwide cap could be very a lot prevalent in Australia and debutants get their ‘Saggy Inexperienced’ from the likes of Shane Warne, Mark Waugh, Mark Taylor or Adam Gilchrist.
In India, there was a time when ex-cricketers current had been requested to do the honours, however previously few years, it has both been the captain or some senior participant or at greatest a help workers presenting the cap to debutants.
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Dravid, a product of the ‘Outdated College’, has introduced that sense of nostalgia again as an emotional Iyer listened intently to what Gavaskar needed to say in regards to the essence of sporting the Check cap and what it means for a cricketer.
Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting, who’s the chief coach of Delhi Capitals — the IPL franchise Iyer performs for, additionally congratulated him on his Check debut.
“Having seen all the work you’ve put in over the last few years, very well deserved and only the beginning for you mate. Proud of you @ShreyasIyer15,” tweeted Ponting.
Having seen all of the work you have put in over the previous few years, very properly deserved and solely the start for you m… https://t.co/hVFGT1HzOY
— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) 1637813489000