Shreyas Iyer is one of the biggest power hitters in the circuit currently. His playing style has routinely drawn comparisons to Virender Sehwag by cricket enthusiasts. Iyer plays for the senior Indian team in the ODI and T20 format and represents Delhi Capitals in the IPL. At the Domestic front, Iyer has come up through the ranks, playing for the Mumbai team and routinely mustering match-winning performances.
Shreyas Iyer: Along the Years
List-A debut for Mumbai
Picked for Delhi Daredevils
T20 debut against New Zealand
ODI Debut against Sri Lanka
Made Captain of Delhi Daredevils
Pummeled 31 runs in an over against WI in an ODI
Maiden ODI century against New Zealand
Shreyas Iyer was the top run-scorer of the 2015-16 Ranji season where he amassed a whopping 1321 runs at an incredible average of 73.38
Most runs in a single over for India in ODI- 31 runs against WI, 18 December 2019
Youngest Captain of the Delhi Capitals side
· IPL 2015 Emerging Player Award
Being brought up in the playing grounds of Mumbai—India’s factory for churning International Cricketers, Shreyas Iyer quickly caught the eye of coach Pravin Amre at the tender age of 12 at the iconic Shivaji Park Gymkhana and thus began his steady accession to the top.
After decimating College bowling attacks according to a short film directed by Cricket Writer Aayush Puthran where the latter captured Iyer’s exploits.
Through his consistent performances the Mumbai born lad found a spot in the Under-19 World Cup of 2014. However, the lackluster performance in the premier youth tournament did not bring any accolade to the Mumbai born batsman. To make amends, Iyer went to play for Trent Bridge cricket team in England. In the swinging, bouncy English conditions, Iyer showed his full class and stole the limelight by scoring 297 runs in just 3 innings with a near-impossible average of 99.
Buoyed by the success in England, Iyer was quickly drafted in the Mumbai squad in November 2014 for the Vijay Hazare Trophy and thus Iyer made his List-A debut. The rich vein of form he had shown in England continued in the domestic circuit too as Iyer smashed 273 runs in the tournament at an impressive average of 54.60.
Shreyas Iyer made his first-class cricket debut in December 2014 during the 2014–15 Ranji Trophy. He scored a total of 809 runs in his debut Ranji season at an average of 50.56 including two centuries and six fifties. He was the 7th highest scorer of 2014–15 Ranji Trophy.
A year later, Shreyas Iyer was the top run-scorer of the 2015-16 Ranji season where he amassed a whopping 1321 runs at an incredible average of 73.38
So far he has represented the Mumbai cricket team in 54 First-class matches and scored 4592 runs at an average of 52.18 and scalped 4 wickets.
Due to his amazing performance in domestic cricket, he was signed by Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League 2015 at a whopping price of 2.6 Crores from a base price of 10 Lakhs
After becoming the highest-earning uncapped player in the tournament, Iyer managed to score 439 runs in 14 matches with a strike rate of 128.36 and an average of 33.76, making him the 9th most consistent player and Emerging Player of IPL season 8.
But soon came the slump in form as Iyer only managed 30 runs in the 2016 season of IPL and he had to make adjustments in his game for the new season. The Mumbai lad got his groove back in the 2017 season and managed to score 336 runs with the highest score of 96 that he still hasn’t broken.
During the 2019 IPL, Shreyas Iyer led from the front after being made the captain and scored 463 runs at a decent average of 30.86. The IPL 2020 will be another test for Iyer who will again shoulder the responsibility of leading the team from the front.
Owing to his IPL exploits, Shreyas Iyer continued to knock around the door of the senior team and he got his chance when he was selected for India’s ODI squad against Sri Lanka in December 2017. Although Iyer got out on the measly score of 9 in the first match, he had finally broken the glass ceiling.
On 18 December 2019, in the second ODI against the West Indies, Iyer scored 31 runs in one over, the most scored by a batsman for India in a single over in ODIs
Iyer hit his first century against New Zealand in New Zealand on 5 February 2020. He scored 103 off 107 balls and guided India to a massive total of 347.
Iyer played his first T20 international match for India against New Zealand on 1 November 2017, but unfortunately, he didn't get the opportunity to showcase his batting skills.
However, he got the opportunity to bat the next month in his ODI debut against Sri Lanka where he managed to score 9 runs.
Shreyas Iyer was given the captaincy of Delhi Daredevils mid-season after Gautam Gambhir relinquished himself from the post citing poor performance of the team.
And on 27 April 2018, Shreyas Iyer became the youngest captain to lead the Delhi Daredevils team in the IPL history at the age of 23 years and 142 days during the match against Kolkata Knight Riders. On his IPL captaincy debut, Shreyas Iyer smashed an unbeaten match-winning knock of 93 off 40 deliveries with 10 sixes, which was his third successive IPL fifty of the season to power DD to a victory.
His true leadership skills were on full display in the next season when he led the Delhi side to the playoffs for the first time in seven years.
Shreyas Iyer was born on 6 December 1994 to Santosh Iyer and Rohini Iyer in Mumbai. Although the family traces its roots back to Thrissur, Kerala, Iyer has played for Mumbai in the Domestic First-class and List-A career. Iyer was educated at Don Bosco High School, Matunga, and at Ramniranjan Anandilal Poddar College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai.