Shreyas Iyer: The Inspirational Success Story from Mumbai’s Streets to International Arenas

Shreyas Iyer

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Shreyas Santosh Iyer – Shreyas Iyer is an Indian international cricketer. He plays for the Indian cricket team as a right-handed batter. He has played in all formats for the Indian team. Iyer scored a century in his debut test match and a half-century in the second innings against New Zealand in November 2021.

He became the first Indian player to do so. Iyer plays for Mumbai in domestic cricket and captains Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. He played for the India Under-19 cricket team at the 2014 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

Shreyas Iyer was named in the India Squad for 2023 Cricket World Cup. He was a part of the Indian squad which won the 2023 Asia Cup.

He made headlines when Delhi Daredevils bought him at the 2015 IPL auction for Rs 2.6 crore (about US$416,000). Over the next six seasons, he became a mainstay of the side and its captain, making over 400 runs a season for them four times.

Early years

Shreyas Iyer was born on 6 December 1994 in the Chembur, Bombay, India. His father Santosh Iyer is Tamilian and his mother Rohini iyer is a Tuluva. His ancestors are from Thrissur, Kerala. He was educated at Don Bosco High School, Matunga and at Ramniranjan Anandilal Podar College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai.

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At the age of 18, he was spotted by coach Pravin Amre at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana. Coach Amre trained him in his early cricketing days. Iyer’s teammates at the age group levels used to compare him to Virender Sehwag. 

Domestic career

In 2014, Shreyas Iyer represented the Trent Bridge Cricket Team. During a trip to the UK, he played three matches scoring 297 runs at an average of 99 with a highest score of 171. That was a new team record.
Shreyas made his List A debut for Mumbai in November 2014, playing in the 2014–15 Vijay Hazare Trophy.

He scored 273 runs in that tournament at an average of 54.60. He made his first-class cricket debut in December 2014 during the 2014–15 Ranji Trophy. He was 7th highest scorer of 2014–15 Ranji Trophy.

In the 2015–16 Ranji Trophy, Iyer scored 1,321 runs during the tournament. He became the top scorer of the Ranji season and the second player to score 1,300 runs in a single Ranji Trophy competition. In the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy, Iyer scored 725 runs including two centuries and two fifties. 

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In September 2018, Shreyas Iyer was named as the vice-captain of Mumbai for the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament. He was the leading run-scorer for Mumbai in the tournament, with 373 runs in seven matches.

In October 2018, Shreyas Iyer was named as the captain of India B’s squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy. He was also the leading run-scorer in the Deodhar Trophy.
In March 2021, Iyer was signed by Lancashire for their 2021 season of the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Indian Premier League

In February 2015, Shreyas Iyer was signed in the 2015 IPL players auction by the Delhi Daredevils for 2.6 crores (approximately $430,000). Iyer became the highest-earning uncapped player in the tournament. Delhi Daredevils retained Iyer in the 2018 IPL Auction.

On 25 April 2018, he was announced as the new captain of Delhi Daredevils replacing Gautam Gambhir. On 27 April 2018, he became the youngest captain to lead the Delhi Daredevils team in the IPL history at the age of 23 years.

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In the 2020 season, he continued as the captain for Delhi Capitals and he also led them to their maiden IPL final against the Mumbai Indians.In the 2022 IPL Auction, Iyer was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for ₹ 12.25 crores. He was also named as the team’s captain.

International career

In March 2017, Shreyas Iyer was added to India’s Test squad as cover for Virat Kohli, before the fourth Test against Australia. In October 2017, Iyer was named in India’s Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their series against New Zealand.

In November 2017, he was named in India’s One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against Sri Lanka. He made his ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka on 10th December 2017.

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During the second ODI against the West Indies on 18th December, Iyer scored 31 runs in one over, the most scored by a batsman for India in a single over in ODIs.

In September 2021, Shreyas Iyer was named as one of three reserve players in India’s squad for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. In November 2021, he was named in India’s Test squad for their series against New Zealand. He made his Test debut on 25 November 2021, for India against New Zealand.

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In the 2022 bilateral T20I series against Sri Lanka, Iyer broke Virat Kohli‘s record of most runs scored by an Indian batsman in a 3-match T20I bilateral series, scoring a total of 204 runs with three consecutive unbeaten half-centuries.

In March 2022, Iyer was named man of the match after scoring two crucial fifties on a tough turning track in the second Test match against Sri Lanka. He was named as the ICC player of the month for February 2022.

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He was the 4th Indian player to be out in hit wicket. Shreyas Iyer hit 80 runs for just 76 balls in 1st ODI against New Zealand in Eden Park. During the 2nd ODI against Australia in Indore, Shreyas Iyer scored 105 runs in just 90 balls, marking a strong comeback ahead of the World Cup. India won the match with Iyer winning the Man of the Match Award for his performance.

Short Biography of Shreyas Iyer

NameShreyas Iyer
Full NameShreyas Santosh Iyer
Date of BirthDecember 6, 1994
Place of BirthMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Batting StyleRight-handed
Bowling StyleRight-arm off break
TeamsIndia, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals
Test DebutYet to debut in Tests
ODI DebutJune 25, 2017 vs. Sri Lanka
T20I DebutNovember 4, 2017 vs. New Zealand
Domestic TeamMumbai
IPL TeamDelhi Capitals
Major AchievementsCaptain of Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020
Centuries in both ODI and T20 cricket
AwardsIPL Emerging Player of the Year (2015)

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