Shreyas Iyer: The story so far
Learn all about the new Lancashire Cricket man after it was announced that he will join for the Club's 2021 Royal London Cup campaign
Shreyas Iyer was born on 6 December 1994 in Mumbai to Santosh and Rohini Iyer. He was educated at Don Bosco High School, Matunga and at Ramniranjan Anandilal Podar College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai.
At the age of 12, Iyer was spotted by coach Pravin Amre at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana - for his timing of strokes against pacers twice his height off the front foot and the back foot. Amre trained him in his early cricketing days and Iyer's teammates at age group level used to compare him to legendary Indian opening batsman, Virender Sehwag.
The Big Break
In 2014, Iyer came to England for the first time; to play for Trent Bridge Cricket Team. During the trip, he played three matches scoring 297 runs at an average of 99 with a highest score of 171.
Iyer made his List A debut for Mumbai in November 2014 and scored 273 runs in the 2014–15 Vijay Hazare Trophy at an average of 54. He then made his First-Class cricket debut in December 2014 during the 2014–15 Ranji Trophy - Iyer hit two centuries and six fifties on his way to amassing 809 runs in his debut Ranji season.
His strike-rate was eye-catching and he continued to draw those early comparisons with Virender Sehwag - for his fearless and dominating stroke-play and hand-eye coordination.
Iyer progressed up through the National set-up and into the Under-19 ranks, hitting back-to-back half-centuries in the playoffs to help India Under-19s finish fifth at the 2014 World Cup in the UAE.
By the end of the 2015-16 season, there was a frenzy of calls for him to be fast-tracked into the senior National side as he racked up 1,321 runs at an average of 73 in the Ranji Trpohy - including a century in the final - to help Mumbai lift the title.
The Call of the Indian Premier League
Iyer made headlines when Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) bought him at the 2015 IPL auction for a whopping INR 2.6 crore, and he repaid the faith with interest. Opening the batting, he totalled 439 runs from 14 matches and went on to win the IPL emerging player of the year award.
However, in 2016 Iyer only made 30 runs in the six innings that he represented Delhi in. The Mumbai-born batsman got his groove back in the 2017 season and managed to score 336 runs with a highest score of 96.
But 2018 proved to be a breakthrough year for Iyer, he was consistent throughout the season and halfway through the campaign, became captain. Since taking on the added responsibility, his performances have gone up a level. In the 2020 edition, Iyer captained Delhi all the way to the final, crashing 519 runs - the fourth highest in the tournament – at a strike rate of 123.
The Rise to Senior International Cricket
After scoring 202 from 210 balls in a practice match against Australia in early 2017, Iyer was selected in the Test squad to replace an injured Virat Kohli. He did not receive a Test cap, however, but was rewarded with a spot in the limited overs XI later that year.
He made his T20I debut for India against New Zealand on 1 November 2017 but found himself in and out of both white-ball sides and missed out on selection for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England.
But that served as a turning point for Ayer's international career. In December 2019, in the second ODI against the West Indies, Iyer scored 31 runs in one over, the most by a batsman for India in a single over in ODI history.
Iyer then scored an unbeaten 58 off 29 balls in a T20I against New Zealand and was declared the Man of the Match before on 5 February 2020 - in the first ODI against the same opposition - Iyer scored 103, his maiden ODI century.
He's since played starring roles in limited overs series with Australia - and currently England - and now averages just short of 45 in ODI cricket with eight fifties and a century to his name.
The Latest Indian Player to Join the Red Rose
Iyer's signing signals the latest step in Lancashire’s long association with Indian cricket, which stretches back more than 50 years when Indian International wicketkeeper batsman Farokh Engineer joined the county in 1968. He would go on to become a Lancashire legend and now serves as a Vice-President of the Club.
Since Engineer retired, four further Indian Internationals – Murali Kartik, Dinesh Mongia, V.V.S. Laxman and Sourav Ganguly – have represented the Red Rose with distinction.
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