Shreyas Santosh Iyer
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Shreyas Iyer India
At the institutional center point of Indian cricket, the Shivaji Park Gymkhana in Mumbai, Pravin Amre recognized a kid, not even in his youngsters, timing strokes against pacers two times his height off the front foot and the back foot. He nailed the cover drives and pulls with equal disdain and immediately caught the eye. This raw and clear talent was honed by the sharp eye of Pravin Amre after this.
The Grind of Domestic Cricket
Having decimated bowling attacks in his college days, Iyer tracked down a spot in the Under-19 World Cup of 2014. After a lackluster performance on the sluggish ish tracks, Iyer was shipped off play for the Trent Bridge cricket team in England. With the ball coming on to the bat, Iyer took full toll and shot to the limelight, scoring 297 runs in 3 innings at a Bradman-esque average of 99.
The Trent Bridge stint gave his confidence the activation energy to go on and convey stand-out performances in the domestic tournaments to follow. He averaged more than 50 in the Vijay Hazare prize and Ranji Prize that followed, scoring an incredible 809 runs at 50.56 in his maiden Ranji season. In the ensuing Ranji seasons, his volume of runs verged on the absurd as he amassed 1321 runs in the 2015/16 edition including 7 fifties and 4 hundreds and a remarkable average of 73.39.
The X-factor and ascend to fame
His strike-rate was even more eye-catching and he immediately drew comparisons to legendary Indian batsman Virender Sehwag for his fearless and dominating stroke-play, and more specifically, his hand-eye coordination, even against abrupt lateral movement.
Iyer's method is a typical stroke-player's strategy, based on picking up the line and length early and playing through the line of the ball. However, the trade-off to that method is committing to the line of the ball early and having too many shots for the same ball. Consequently, Iyer did have a couple of risky innings in the 2017/18 Ranji prize with the ball nipping about off the seam and was beaten and excused on bowling-accommodating surfaces to shots more suitable on true wickets. However, with age on his side, he has enough opportunity to chip away at his flaws and conceal the chinks in his armor in the near future.
Ascend to International cricket: what the future holds
After scoring a 202 off 210 balls in the practice match against Australia in the lead-up to the home series against them in early 2017, the national selectors could never again remain careless in regards to Iyer and he was chosen in the Test squad to replace an injured Virat Kohli. He did not receive a Test cap, however, yet was rewarded with a spot in the restricted overs XI in late 2017. His chances in these matches don't offer a large enough sample space to make a judgment about his ability, yet given the stats and his attacking stroke-play, he looks like he has the potential to become a future superstar in Indian cricket.
IPL as the years progressed
Shreyas Iyer got a whopping 2.6 Crores from a base cost of 10 Lakhs and attained the distinction of being the highest-earning uncapped player of the 2015 auction - the IPL lingo for the most sought-after uncapped player. Pravin Amre, the assistant coach of Delhi Daredevils around then was responsible for bringing Iyer to Delhi. Iyer didn't allow his life as a youngster to coach down. He was the talk of the town after scoring 439 runs in the tournament, earning himself the emerging player award and showcasing his aggressive style of play and knocking on the selectors' entryways for an India call-up.
However, the 2016 season was a stark contrast for Iyer as he only made 30 runs in the six innings that he addressed Delhi in. The Mumbai lad got his section back in the 2017 season and managed to score 336 runs with the highest score of 96. Yet, the 2018 season ended up being a breakthrough one for Iyer, he was consistent all through the season and halfway through the campaign, he became the captain of Delhi after Gautam Gambhir dropped himself from the team. In 2019, Iyer won't only be looking to have a good season as a batsman yet additionally as a captain. A sensational season may very well bring him back in the reckoning for the Indian team for the World Cup.