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Shreyas Iyer Biography: A Spectacular Batsman With An Incredible Journey From Domestic Cricket to Team India

Tipped to be the next big thing in Indian cricket, he has all it takes to be a success at all levels. Shreyas Iyer (24), termed as one of the next-gen stars of Indian cricket, is also a well-known name in the domestic circuit. With a spectacular batting average in first-class cricket, the Mumbai batsman is known for his dominating approach.

Shreyas Iyer Biography

About Athlete
Full Name
Shreyas Santosh Iyer
Age
24 years
Sport Category
Cricket
Date of Birth
December 6, 1994
Hometown
Mumbai, Maharashtra
Height
5 ft 10 in
Batting Style
Right-handed
Bowling Style
Right-arm leg-break
Teams Played for
Indian Cricket Team, Delhi Capitals

Early days

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Family ?

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There’s a touch of middle-class realism to Shreyas Iyer’s tale so far. It was his father Santosh who spotted the talent in Shreyas at teenage and subsequently dedicated his life to nurturing it after all. His father, a businessman who those days worked out of the home, was instrumental in Shreyas choosing cricket over football.

Cricketing career

He changed his school, took his football and academics a little less seriously as everything started circling around cricket through the teen. The Shivaji Park Gymkhana in Mumbai, where Pravin Amre saw a boy of tender age, timing his strokes against pacers off the back foot and front foot. This raw talent was honed by the keen eye of Amre after this. Amre polished this wonder-kid and Shreyas was selected in his college team and he led his team to victory on many occasions.

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Well deserved champions ?? #vijayhazare

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In the later years, he began his domestic career with a match in the UK and since then he has played in List A Cricket, Vijay Hazare Trophy and Ranji Trophy. He also played in first-class cricket and this was a new beginning for him. He was a part of India Under-19 cricket team and played U-19 World Cup in 2014.

The Ranji star

In the 2015–16 Ranji Trophy, Iyer at a stellar average of 73.39 he scored 1,321 runs becoming the top scorer of the Ranji season. The form continued in next season, as he bagged 725 runs. Iyer was appointed as the vice-captain of Mumbai for 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy.

In October 2018, he was named as the captain of India B’s squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy.  In February this year, in the opening round of the 2018–19 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournament, Iyer made the highest total by an Indian batsman in a T20 match, when he scored 147 runs.

A short stint at India-A

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Trust your hustle ??

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He grew in confidence and matured as a player. If not in the short term, maybe his time under the legend Rahul Dravid aided his game in the longer run. In the three years after making his first-class debut, he has been the highest run-getter in Indian domestic cricket.

Shreyas Iyer’s entry in IPL

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Home stretch!! Let it begin..! #DilDilli @DelhiDaredevils

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Playing IPL is everybody’s dream, Shreyas’ dream came true in 2015 when he got a whopping Rs 2.6 crore from a base price of Rs 10 lakh by the then Delhi based club Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals).  He became the highest-earning uncapped player of 2015. The man behind this signing was none other than Pravin Amre, Iyer’s childhood coach and the assistant coach of Delhi Daredevils at that time.

On his debut stint in IPL, he bagged 439 runs in the tournament and earned himself the emerging player award.

The 2016 season was extreme opposite. Iyer only made 30 runs in the six innings that he represented Delhi in. In 2017, the Mumbai young gun was back in action and managed to score 336 runs with the highest score of 96.

2018 season proved to be a breakthrough one for him, he was consistent throughout the season and halfway through the campaign, he became the captain of Delhi after Gautam Gambhir dropped himself from the team. This year, Iyer leading the same side with just different name Delhi Capitals is in pretty decent form.

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Iyer in Indian National team

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On a mission ?

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Shreyas Iyer has played few matches in Twenty 20 cricket and he made his debut in 2017. He played his first T20 match against New Zealand in October 2017. Just a month later, Iyer got a chance to play his first One Day International against Sri Lanka.

Interesting facts about Shreyas Iyer

  • Shreyas is an animal lover. He not only cares about his pets but also look around and help stray dogs around his home.
  • His initial cricket journey has been documented in a short film named ‘Shreyas Iyer Documentary- A Father’s Dream’.
  • Shreyas loves watching travel shows by the day and comedy serials before going to bed.
  • He also loves Electronic Dance Music as much as he loves his photography.
  • He is half Tamilian, half Mangalorian but can’t speak either of the languages. His flow with Marathi is better.

Incredible records

 

  • Shreyas played for Trent Bridge Cricket Team during a trip to the UK and he played three matches in 2014 and amassed 297 runs at an average of 99 with a top score of 171.
  • He was the top scorer with 930 runs in 13 innings with a staggering average of 71 with 3 hundred, 4 fifties and a top score of 200 during the Ranji Trophy season 2015-2016.
  • Highest-ever T20 Score for an Indian batsman (147 runs of 55 balls).

Family life

 

Shreyas Iyer was born in Tamil Brahmin family on December 6, 1994, in Mumbai. His father’s name is Santosh who works as a businessman and mother Rohini is a homemaker. He also has one sister. Shreyas completed his schooling from Don Bosco High School in Mumbai and he later enrolled in Podar College in the same city.

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Forced one?

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Career stats

Batting  

Format Matches Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s
ODI2017–18 6 5 0 210 88 42.0 218 96.3  0 2 22 3
T20I2017 6 5 0 83 30 16.6 80 103.8   0 0 8 1
IPL 52 52 6 1433 96 31.15 1113 128.75    0 11 130 60

 

Bowling

Format Matches Inn B Mdn Runs W BB Econ Avg SR 4W 5W
ODI2017–18 6 1 6 0 2 0 0/2 2.00 0 0
IPL 52

 

Net worth

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I am > I was

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As per the BCCI rules/convention, a player getting into the Indian team during a contract period automatically becomes a Grade C retainer. But despite playing 6 One Day Internationals and 6 T-20 games Iyer didn’t find a place there. Being the captain of Delhi Capitals, the Mumbai lad has a contract of Rs. 7 crores. As per the reports, he currently has a Hyundai i20 car.

Awards

2015: IPL emerging player of the year award.

2016: SV Rajadyaksha Trophy for making the highest number of runs in Ranji Trophy.

CEAT Cricket Rating Indian Domestic Cricketer of the year award.

The Magician Iyer

We know this may sound odd but it’s true.  The Delhi Capitals, besides finding Iyer to be the most competent to lead the team under new ownership and management, the team has also drawn a lot of inspiration from Iyer’s magical tricks. Like a high-class batsman’s anticipation about what the bowler is going to do next, Iyer predicts another player’s move quite quickly.

When Shreyas Iyer first arrived in the cricketing stage, he was compared with Virender Sehwag. That was not a justified comparison to make, some felt the jolt too. However, one thing that made people compare him with Sehwag was the way he batted. He was carefree, yet his shots oozed maturity. He was brutal, yet pleasing for eyes.

Social Media

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we’ll rebuild & we’ll come back stronger.??

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If they’re watching ….make it worth their while ??

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Good company. Good vibes!

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Ton-Up ? #vijayhazaretrophy

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Always here as your protector (and bully), sister! ? Happy Raksha Bandhan @shresta_04

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Humble … with just a hint of Kanye ????‍♂️ @praveenbhat Styled by @harshkhullarofficial

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Family away from family!

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When your coach decides to pose!! #ParasMhambrey @vijay_41 . . . #IndiaA #BowlingCoach

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It shouldn’t be long before he dons the national colours in the longest format of the game. The time is not so long when the chorus will grow louder to include Shreyas Iyer at the international level.

Watch him bat in the next game and you will surely relate to what just mentioned.

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Akshay Badwe
The God taught me to love everybody but the most ones I learned to love are the athletes. Desire, determination and discipline takes me to a great deal of love towards sports. One can call me an avid sport maniac because I love to pen down some glorious content on sports. Being from journalism background with experience in media from couple of years I would like to keep this legacy going and now joining Kreedon gives me one more platform to explore the new world. I am always up to have a word on sports with a coffee.

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