In the first match of the two-Test series against New Zealand which started yesterday, Shreer Aiyar got a chance to make a Test debut. He also became the 303rd Indian to play Test cricket. He was given a Test cap by veteran cricketer Little Master Sunil Gavaskar on his debut.
Apart from this, Gavaskar is also involved in the Kanpur Test match as a commentator. The cap is usually handed over to the team player at the time of debut by the coach or captain but two decades ago, the former players used to hand over the cap to the new player at the time of debut. But with the arrival of new coach Rahul Dravid, caps have been reintroduced by former Indian players. Also during the T20 series, Dravid had invited Ajit Agarkar, one of the most successful Indian bowlers in limited overs, to give the national team cap to Herschel Patel.
While the Indian team gave Shreyas Aiyar a chance to strengthen his middle-order batting, New Zealand left-arm spinner Rachin Ravindra has also made his Test debut. Indian-origin left-arm batsman Rachin Ravindra has played only six Twenty20 internationals so far.