10 things you should know about Delhi Daredevils’ star Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer IPL 2018 Facts,
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Emerging Indian youngster Shreyas Iyer has been one of the shining lights in what is turning to be a dark season for Delhi Daredevils. The 23-year-old is his team’s second highest run-scorer with 151 runs in 6 innings at an amazing average of 37.75. The Indian international will now be leading the Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018, after the management announced on Wednesday (April 25th) that Gautam Gambhir will be stepping down as the captain after a horrible start to the campaign for the franchise. The challenge for the youngster will be immense as his side prepares to take on the high flying Kolkata Knight Riders on 27th April. Iyer made his debut for team India back in October 2017 and has since then played 6 ODI’s and 6 T20I’s. His international career might just be starting but he is a fairly experienced player with 38 matches under his belt and almost a 1000 runs in the league. In this article, we will look at 10 interesting facts about Shreyas Iyer that you should be knowing.

Played in England before making his Ranji debut

In 2014, Iyer travelled to UK to play for the Trent Bridge Cricket Team. In all, he played 3 matches scoring an impressive 297 runs at an average of 99 with a top score of 171, which was at that time a team record. From their on the phenomenon of Iyer started.

Shreyas Iyer made his domestic debut in 2014-2015 domestic season

Prior to being picked up in the auction in January 2015, Iyer had just come out of a very successful debut Ranji Trophy season for Mumbai. The youngster still only 20, scored 809 runs at an average of 50.56. His season included 2 centuries and 6 half-centuries. Iyer’s first season in the Ranji Trophy saw him finish the campaign as the 7th highest run-scorer, a big performance prior to starting his IPL journey with Delhi Daredevils.

Highest paid uncapped player in IPL 2015 auction

Following his dream debut season with Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy, many IPL teams were vying to secure Shreyas Iyer’s service prior to the start of IPL 2015 season. Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians were involved in an intense bidding war with Delhi Daredevils, who eventually secured his signing with a bid of 2.6 crores, making him the highest uncapped player from the 2015 IPL auction.

Dream debut IPL season with Delhi Daredevils

After failing in his very first innings for DD, Shreyas Iyer moved to the opening slot and that decision turned his season around as he went to score 439 runs in his 1st season at an average of 33.76 with a strike-rate of 128.36. At the end of the season, Iyer received the Emerging player of the year award.

The domestic run-fest continue for Iyer in 2015-2016 Ranji Trophy season

In the 2015–16 Ranji Trophy, Iyer again showed the world his amazing talent by scoring 1,321 runs including four centuries and seven fifties at an average of 73.39, becoming the top scorer of the Ranji season and second player to score 1,300 runs in a single Ranji Trophy competition.

Started his international career with the run-out of Steve O’Keefe

Shreyas Iyer was first called for the national team as a cover for Virat Kohli in the 4th test match against Australia in March in 2017. He wasn’t included in the starting 11 of any of the test matches but came on as a substitute fielder in the 4th test match and began his international career by running-out Steve O’Keefe.

Nicknamed ‘Young Viru’ by his team-mates in age-group cricket

Known for his stroke making abilities and attacking-aggressive play at the top order, Shreyas Iyer was nicknamed ‘young Viru’ by his team-mates in age-group cricket during the openers younger days.

A story that has been recorded on film

Shreyas Iyer’s journey to becoming an international cricketer is a fairly inspiring one, which is why he has had a short film made on him on his junior and age-group cricket journey. The film is titled ‘Shreyas Iyer Documentary – A Father’s Dream’ which is directed by cricket writer Aayush Puthran.

Mumbai Indians tried their best to get Shreyas Iyer

It has been reported after his debut season with Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians tried to trade Shreyas Iyer from Delhi Daredevils. According to the reports, MI offered three players in place of Iyer to Delhi, including Australian opener Aaron Finch. However, as we all know, Delhi Daredevils turned down that offer.

Spotted at the age of 12 in Mumbai by Pravin Amre

Shreyas Iyer is born and brought up in Mumbai and at the 12 he was spotted by former Indian cricket Pravin Amre at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana. It was Amre who trained him during his early cricketing as he show the potential in the youngster. Learning from an international crickt at that young age definitely helped Iyer grow into the cricketer that he is today.
WATCH: Shreyas Iyer Documentary – A Father’s Dream

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