Shreyas Santosh Iyer was born on 6 December 1994. He is an asset to team India and plays for the India side in international cricket, Mumbai in domestic cricket, and captains Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. Iyer has played One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals for the India national cricket team, a right-handed top-order batsman. He played for the India Under-19 cricket team at the 2014 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
In his early years, Shreyas was born and brought up in Chembur, Mumbai, his father Santosh Iyer, who has his roots in Kerala, and Rohini Iyer, a Mangalorean Tuluva. He was educated at Don Bosco High School, Matunga, Ramniranjan Anandilal Poddar College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai.
Shreyas was born in cricket at the age of 18 when coach Pravin Amre spotted him at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana. Are trained him in his early cricketing days. Iyer’s friends used to compare him with Virender Sehwag. During his graduation in Mumbai, Iyer played a vital role in helping his college team win some trophies.
From 2014-2021, Shreyas evolved rapidly. Iyer represented the Trent Bridge Cricket team. He made his List A debut for Mumbai in November 2014; playing in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, he scored 273 runs at an average of 54.60. Iyer made his first-class cricket debut in December 2014 during the Ranji Trophy. Shreyas was the seventh-highest scorer of the 2014-15 Ranji Trophy.
In the next 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 second player to score 1300 runs in a single Ranji Trophy competition. In the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy, Iyer scored 725 runs, including two centuries and two fifties at an average of 42.64. His highest first-class score was when he scored 202 not out of 210 balls against the visiting Australia team in a 3-Day Practice match in Mumbai.
In September 2018, he was the vice-captain of Mumbai for the 2018-2019 Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament. He was the leading run-scorer for Mumbai in the tournament, with 373 runs in seven matches. In October same year, Iyer was named the captain of India B’s squad for the 2018-19 Deodhar Trophy. He was the leading run-scorer in the Deodhar Trophy, with 199 runs in three matches. In February 2019, in the opening round of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournament, Iyer made the highest total by an Indian batsman in a T20 match, when he scored 147 runs. In March this year, Iyer was signed by Lancashire for their 2021 season of the Royal London One Day Cup.
Shreyas Iyer’s 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. Shreyas arrived as a substitute fielder in the fourth Test and ran out Steve O’ Keefe for 8. In October, Iyer was named in India’s Twenty20 International squad for their series against New Zealand in the same year. He made his debut for India against New Zealand on 1 November 2017. In November, Iyer was named in India’s One Day International squad for their series against Srilanka. He made his ODI debut for India against Srilanka on 10 December 2017.
He scored 88 from 70 balls in the second ODI against Srilanka at Mohali. 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. In November 2021, Iyer got his Test cap from the legendary Sunil Gavaskar and scored a maiden century playing against the New Zealand team.