The Indian cricket team won the 2-match test series against Sri Lanka by 2-0 and the young Indian cricketer Shreyas Iyer played an important role in India’s win in the second test match. What’s more, he was also awarded with the player of the match award for his superb performance.
In the second test match which was played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, the hosts decided to bat first after winning the toss. In the first innings, India scored 252 runs with the help of a brilliant knock of 92 runs by Shreyas Iyer. However, the Sri Lankan batters were not able to take the benefit of the wonderful bowling done by their bowlers and the whole Sri Lankan team got out on just 109 runs in its second innings. The Indian squad batted well in the second innings as it declared its innings at 303/9 and gave a target of 447 to the visitors to win the match. Though two Sri Lankan batters – skipper Dimuth Karunratne (107) and Kusal Mendis (54) gave some fight, their 8 batsmen were not able to cross the double digit mark because of which the whole team was back in the pavilion at the score of 208 runs. As a result, India won the test match by 238 runs and with this, it also won the series by 2-0.
Shreyas Iyer is the talk of the town at the moment because this was his fourth test match but the manner in which he is playing, he gives an impression that he is quite an experienced campaigner.
After India’s triumph, an old video of Shreyas Iyer in which he gave an interview to the Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin is going viral. The video was shot for the YouTube channel of Ashwin and in this interview, they mostly talked about Iyer’s captaincy for Delhi Capitals, his first class career, etc. but they also talked about his test aspirations as by that time, he had not made his test debut.
When he was asked about his test aspirations, Shreyas Iyer said that he always wanted to play test matches since the time he started playing cricket. He adds that his domestic record has been wonderful and he has been playing attacking cricket but till now he hasn’t got the chance to play in a test match.
However, he also says that though he hasn’t made his debut, he has a run-out to his name which is an achievement for him. He further added that it happened in Dharamsala against Australia when Virat Kohli went off the field due to some issue with his shoulder and he replaced him as a substitute.
Here is the video:
388 runs at 55.42, 3 50s & 1 100. What a start has Shreyas Iyer had to his test career.
In a chat with @ashwinravi99 on #DRSwithAsh a year back, @ShreyasIyer15 opened up about his test cricket ambitions. We are glad he's been able to become a force in tests. Well done, Shreyas! pic.twitter.com/WbWYEkRudz
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Shreyas Iyer made his debut in 2021 against New Zealand and since then he has played four test matches and in seven innings, he has scored 388 runs at an average of 55.42 with 3 fifties and a hundred. With his superb performance in the second test match against Sri Lanka, Shreyas Iyer has become the first Indian batsman to achieve the sensational feat of scoring two half-centuries in a test match.
Shreyas Iyer will be seen leading the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2022, the has franchise purchased him for an hefty price of Rs. 12.25 crore.