Teams Played For
India, India U19, West Zone, Mumbai, Delhi Capitals, India A, Indian Board Presidents XI, India B, Mumbai Cricket Association XI, India Blue, India Green, Board Presidents XI, Rest of India, NaMo Bandra Blasters, Kolkata Knight Riders
Young batter Shreyas Iyer, who plays for India in ODI and T20I formats, had impressed former India cricketer Pravin Amre by his stroke play and timing against quality pace bowlers on the back foot, at a very young age.
The right-hand middle-order batsman was part of India’s squad for the Under-19 World Cup in 2014, where he scored back-to-back half centuries to help India finish fifth in the tournament. Following the World Cup, Iyer got a chance to play for the Trent Bridge Cricket team, where he played three matches and scored 297 runs at an astonishing average of 99.
After jotting impressive numbers in the UK, Iyer made his First Class debut in the 2014/15 season, and amassed 809 runs at a whopping average of 50.56.
After grabbing attention of franchises through a string of performances on the back of effortless stroke playing, Iyer was picked by the then Delhi Daredevils for the 2015 edition of the IPL. At that time, Iyer was the most expensive uncapped player to be picked by any IPL franchise as he was bought for INR 2.6 crore.
In March 2017, Iyer was added to India’s Test squad against the Aussies in the absence of Virat Kohli, but he did not feature in the Test match. In the same year, Iyer finally made his international debut in a T20I match against New Zealand, but he did not get a chance to bat.
Towards the end of 2017, Iyer made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka. However, it did not go according to the plan as he scored only 9 runs in his debut innings.
In the ODI series against the West Indies post the 2019 World Cup, Iyer scored 71 and 63 in the second and third ODIs, respectively as India won the ODI series comfortably and the elegant batter was the second-highest run scorer, just behind Virat Kohli.
In February 2020, Iyer scored his maiden ODI ton against the Black Caps. He slammed 103 of just 107 balls, but despite his efforts, India went on to lose that match.
Going into the 2018 IPL season, Iyer was retained by Delhi Capitals (then Delhi Daredevils), and was made the permanent captain midway through the season, replacing Gautam Gambhir.
Under his captaincy, Delhi Capitals reached their maiden IPL final, but were defeated by the defending champions, Mumbai Indians in a close fought contest.
Iyer is a stroke player who has the ability to pick the length of the ball early. Former Indian opener, Virender Sehwag has described Iyer as a ‘fearless’ cricketer who has an amazing hand-eye coordination. Still young, Iyer would be looking to continue performing well for the national team, and also would be hoping to break into the Test team.
(As of March 21)