From hospital bed to Test debut, Shreyas Iyer’s roller-coaster ride

From the hospital bed to the test debut, it’s been a roller coaster ride for Shreyas Iyer. Injured cricketers are not a new thing, but recovering from injuries and getting a test cap is a good achievement for anyone.

Iyer posted a video on Instagram Tuesday sharing pictures of his treatment. And then he showed pictures from a photo shoot in a test jersey.

After he dislocated his shoulder at an ODI against England in Pune on March 23, Iyer had to stay away from the field for a long time. He had to undergo an operation in Great Britain and was also excluded from running for Lancashire in the Royal London Cup.

He did not play in the first part of the IPL, which was held in India in early 2021. From him, Rishabh Pant took over command of Delhi Capitals.

Iyer went to rehabilitation and came back for the second part of the IPL. After the IPL, Shreyas was selected for the Team India T20I roster but was unable to join the T20 World Cup team.

Iyer became India’s 303rd Test cricketer when he received the test cap from legendary Sunil Gavaskar ahead of the start of the first Test against New Zealand at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Wednesday.

A test cap hit after 4,592 top-class runs in 54 games with an average of 52.18. Iyer made his ODI debut in 2017, playing 54 limited overs games. He scored 1,393 runs with an average of 42.7 in ODIs and 27.6 in T20Is. Seeing his ability to score freely, it was believed that sooner or later he would be added to the testing squad.

On Thursday, BCCI uploaded a video showing a certain serenity on Iyer’s face. Iyer was seen receiving an encouraging speech from Gavaskar as coach Dravid, captain Ajinkya Rahane and the rest of the teammates watched and applauded him for his moment.

Iyer knows what he’s accomplished better than anyone, maybe that’s why he got emotional when he kissed the test cap.

The rendezvous with Kanpur is nothing new to Iyer. In 2019, he saved the Mumbai Ranji team with his brave blow of 75 against the formidable attack by Pravin Kumar, Ankit Rajpoot and Piyush Chawal. Now he got his test cap at the same place where he announced his arrival for red ball cricket.

The trial cap did indeed look in his grip, but he missed it on a number of occasions. In March 2017 he was called up to replace Virat Kohli for the fourth and final test against Australia in Dharamsala, but missed the test cap by a hair.

Now, after four years, he finally got the moment, a moment that will take some time to subside.

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Posted on Thursday November 25, 2021 1:47 PM IST

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