Mumbai: Shreyas Iyer’s father Santosh is one proud dad after he made his Test debut memorable with an unbeaten half-century to rescue India from a precarious position on the first day of the first match against New Zealand at the Green Park in Kanpur.
He has been waiting for this moment for four years, and all this while he had kept a unique WhatsApp DP: his son donning the whites and holding the 2017 Border Gavaskar Trophy. The reason: he always wanted to see his son play the traditional format of the game, and when he eventually did for the first time on Thursday, Iyer senior’s joy knew no bounds.
On Friday morning, he brought more good news as he scored a century on Day 2 of Test match against New Zealand in Kanpur
“Yeah, this DP (of Shreyas holding Border Gavaskar Trophy) was always close to my heart because when he was playing against Australia, he was a stand-by in place of Virat Kohli, in Dharamshala,” Santosh told PTI hours after his son dominated a strong Kiwi attack.
“So that time after winning the match, they (team-mates) handed over the trophy to him (Shreyas), just to hold it, so that moment was very prestigious for me.” Shreyas, who comes from Mumbai’s Worli area, showed a lot of composure and class during his stay in the middle as India ended the day on 258 for four.
“Shreyas holding the (BG) trophy and I literally wanted him to play for India at that moment. And I was thinking on those lines, like when will he get an opportunity to really be in the team and perform in the Test match.
“So, when Ajinkya Rahane declared that Shreyas is going to play, that was the happiest moment in my life, more than getting selected for any other (format) IPL or one-day, this was very prestigious for me (as) this is a real form of cricket. “Sometimes when I spoke to him, I told him you should play a Test and he (had) said it will happen very soon and it happened and I was on top of the world,” said Santosh.
Santosh recalled that Shreyas used to go for his matches and his son was an “aggressive” batter. The elegant right-handed batter, who played for the prestigious Shivaji Park Gymkhana, was handed his cap by the legendary Sunil Gavaskar and his father termed the moment as a proud one.
Shreyas was a little nervous at the start, played some streaky shots but stayed on before opening up to score his maiden Test fifty.
Who Is Shreyas Iyer?
The newest cricket sensation Shreyas Iyer’s journey began not from kerala but Mumbai. Born on December 6, 1994 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, the 27-year-old Iyer and his family are originally from Thrissur district of Kerala. He now lives with his family in Worli, Mumbai.
Shreyas, who completed his schooling from Don Bosco High School, Mumbai from the same place, graduated from Poddar College in Mumbai.
Shreyas family includes his father, Santosh Iyer and his mother Rohini Iyer and a sister.
He began his cricket career as an aggressive batter. At the age of just 12, he batted fearlessly, and his friends compared him to Virender Sehwag.
Domestic Cricket: In 2014, Iyer represented the Trent Bridge cricket team, during this time he played three matches, scoring 297 runs at an average of 99, with the highest score of 171, a new team record. Iyer 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. Iyer made his first-class debut in December 2014 during the 2014–15 Ranji Trophy. He scored 809 runs in his debut Ranji season at an average of 50.56, including 2 centuries and 6 fifties. He was the 7th best scorer of the 2014–15 Ranji Trophy.
In the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy, Iyer scored 1,321 runs during the tournament, including 4 centuries and 7 fifties at an average of 73.39, becoming 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 at an average of 42.64 including 2 centuries and 2 fifties. He scored an unbeaten 202 in 210 balls against the visiting Australia team in a 3-day warm-up match in Mumbai, which was his highest first-class score.
(With inputs from PTI)