Shreyas Santosh Iyer (born 6 December 1994) is an Indian international cricketer who 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 and became the first Indian player to do so.[1][2] 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.[3] He was named in the India Squad for 2023 Cricket World Cup.

Shreyas Iyer
Iyer in 2021
Personal information
Full name
Shreyas Santosh Iyer
Born (1994-12-06) 6 December 1994 (age 29)
Bombay, Maharashtra India
BowlingRight-arm leg break
RoleTop-order batter
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 303)3 December 2021 v New Zealand
Last Test25 January 2024 v England
ODI debut (cap 219)10 December 2017 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI17 December 2023 v South Africa
ODI shirt no.96 (formerly 41)
T20I debut (cap 70)1 November 2017 v New Zealand
Last T20I3 December 2023 v Australia
T20I shirt no.96 (formerly 41)
Domestic team information
2015–2021Delhi Capitals (squad no. 41)
2022–Kolkata Knight Riders
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 10 59 51 60
Runs scored 703 2,383 1,104 5,324
Batting average 44.40 49.64 30.67 52.71
100s/50s 1/5 5/18 0/8 13/29
Top score 105 128* 74* 202*
Balls bowled 6 37 2 565
Wickets 0 0 4
Bowling average 100.25
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 2/29
Catches/stumpings 9/– 24/– 14/– 46/–
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  India
ICC Cricket World Cup
Runner-up 2023 India
ACC Asia Cup
Winner 2023 Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 20 November 2023 2023

He made headlines when Delhi Daredevils bought him at the 2015 IPL auction for Rs 2.6 crore (about US$416,000). It was faith he repaid with interest: he made 439 runs that season, and won the IPL Emerging Player of the Year award. 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.[4]

Early years

Shreyas Iyer was born on 6 December 1994 in the Chembur, Bombay (Mumbai). His father Santosh Iyer is Tamilian and his mother Rohini iyer is a Tuluva. His ancestors are from Thrissur, Kerala.[5][6][7] He was educated at Don Bosco High School, Matunga[8] and at Ramniranjan Anandilal Podar College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai.

At the age of 18, Iyer was spotted by coach Pravin Amre at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana. Amre trained him in his early cricketing days.[9] Iyer's teammates at the age group levels used to compare him to Virender Sehwag.[10] During his graduation from Podar College in Mumbai, Iyer helped his college team to lift some trophies.[11]

Domestic career

In 2014, 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, a new team record.[12]

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 cricket debut in December 2014 during the 2014–15 Ranji Trophy. He scored a total of 809 runs in his debut Ranji season at an average of 50.56 including two centuries and six fifties. He was 7th highest scorer of 2014–15 Ranji Trophy.[13]

In the 2015–16 Ranji Trophy, Iyer scored 1,321 runs during the tournament including four centuries and seven 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.[14] In the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy, Iyer scored 725 runs including two centuries and two fifties at an average of 42.64. He scored 202 not out off 210 balls, against the visiting Australia team in a 3-Day Practice match in Mumbai, his highest first-class score.

In September 2018, Iyer was named as the vice-captain of Mumbai for the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament.[15] He was the leading run-scorer for Mumbai in the tournament, with 373 runs in seven matches.[16] In October 2018, Iyer was named as the captain of India B's squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy.[17] He was also the leading run-scorer in the Deodhar Trophy, with 199 runs in three matches.[18]

In February 2019, in the opening round of the 2018–19 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournament, Iyer made the highest total by an Indian batsman in a T20 match, scoring 147 runs.[19]

In March 2021, Iyer was signed by Lancashire for their 2021 season of the Royal London One-Day Cup.[20][21]

Indian Premier League

In February 2015, Iyer was signed in the 2015 IPL players auction by the Delhi Daredevils for 2.6 crores (approximately $430,000). Thus Iyer became the highest-earning uncapped player in the tournament. He scored 439 runs in 14 matches, with a 33.76 average and a strike rate of 128.36, making Iyer the 9th most consistent player and Emerging Player of 2015 IPL.[22]

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.[23][24][25] 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 and 142 days during the match against Kolkata Knight Riders and was also the fourth overall youngest to captain any IPL side.[26] On his IPL captaincy debut, Shreyas Iyer smashed an unbeaten match-winning knock of 93 off 40 deliveries with 10 sixes, which was his third successive IPL fifty of the season to power DD to a heavy total of 219/5 in the first innings of the match before earning him the man of the match award.[27] Under his captaincy, Delhi Daredevils managed to defeat KKR by 55 runs to secure only their second win of the tournament.[28][29] Iyer was retained by the Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2019 Season, in which he led the team into the playoffs for the first time after seven years.

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.[30] Iyer scored an unbeaten 65 off 50 balls in a losing effort as Mumbai Indians won the final.

He missed the half season of IPL 2021 due to an injury in his Left Shoulder while playing for India in the first match of an ODI series against England in the same year. He made his comeback after a span of six months for Delhi Capitals. In the 2022 IPL Auction, Iyer was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for ₹ 12.25 crores.[31] He was also named as the team's captain.[32]

International career

In March 2017, Iyer was added to India's Test squad as cover for Virat Kohli, ahead of the fourth Test against Australia. He came on as a substitute fielder in the fourth test and ran out Steve O'Keefe for 8.[33]

In October 2017, Iyer was named in India's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their series against New Zealand.[34] He made his T20I debut for India against New Zealand on 1 November 2017, but he did not bat.[35][36]

In November 2017, Iyer was named in India's One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against Sri Lanka.[37] He made his ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka on 10 December 2017.[38] He scored 88 from 70 balls in the 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka at Mohali.[39]

On 18 December 2019, in the second ODI against the West Indies, Iyer scored 31 runs in one over, the most scored by a batsman for India in a single over in ODIs.[40]

On 24 January 2020, in the first T20I against New Zealand, Iyer scored an unbeaten 58 off 29 balls and was declared the Man of the Match.[41][42]

On 26 January 2020, in the second T20I against New Zealand, he scored 44 off 33 balls.[43] On 5 February 2020, in the first ODI against New Zealand, Iyer scored 103 off 107 balls, his maiden century in ODI cricket.[44]

In September 2021, Iyer was named as one of three reserve players in India's squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.[45] In November 2021, he was named in India's Test squad for their series against New Zealand.[46] He made his Test debut on 25 November 2021, for India against New Zealand.[47]

On 25 November 2021, Iyer got his Test cap from the former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar and scored a maiden century playing against the New Zealand team. He became the 16th Indian player to score a century in the debut test match and become the first Indian player to score a century and a half century in 2 innings of debut test match.[48]

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.[49]

In March 2022, Iyer was named man of the match after scoring two crucial fifties on a tough turning track[50] in the second Test match against Sri Lanka.[51] In recognition of Iyer's good form, he was named as the ICC player of the month for February 2022.[52] On 9 October 2022, during the 2nd of 3 ODI matches against South Africa, he achieved his 2nd ODI century scoring 113 off 111 balls, and remained unbeaten.[53] However, Shreyas Iyer was not picked in the India squad for the T20 World Cup 2022. During the 2nd T20I against New Zealand in Bay Oval Shreyas was out by hit wicket. 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.

In January 2023, after Sri Lanka series Iyer was out from the New Zealand series due to back pain. Shreyas returned in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He was able to play in 2nd Test. During the 4th test at Ahmedabad after Australia finished 1st innings by 480, while India started the batting but Shreyas did not come for the batting. He complained about back pain once again and was taken for the scans. Shreyas Iyer was dropped from the series due to back pain. He went to England for back surgery in April. Shreyas Iyer wasn't available for the ICC Test championship Final against Australia in Kennington Oval. He was recovering in NCA for his return. As a result of his hard work, Iyer was named in Asia Cup 2023.

During the 2nd ODI against Australia in Indore, 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.


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