It is unfortunate when you lose your place in the team due to injury. It is a pity when one is deprived of the captaincy due to the same injury. But it is a sign of greatness if you overcome all these and peel larger peaks.
The Indian batter Shreya Iyer did just that by becoming the 16th from the country to get one hundred points on the test debut, eight months after he was sidelined with a shoulder injury.
The 26-year-old must have hated life when he had to watch the then ongoing England series, the first half of IPL and the Sri Lanka series in July, all on TV. In addition, Rishabh pants was named the new captain of the Delhi Capitals (DC) and it was clear that he would continue to lead the team even after Shreyas returned.
But behind the scenes, he sat down in the harsh courtyards of the NCA in Bengaluru to push his body up. But it was football that helped him regain his full fitness and enabled him to get started when the IPL resumed on 19 September. Just before the preparations started with DC, Shreyas played some football matches with his Bollywood friends in Mumbai and they also had MS Dhoni participate in some of these games.
When asked if playing football allowed him to shut down from previous mishaps and start over, Shreyas revealed that he was part of the All-Stars football team to get his endurance up to the mark and be in a competitive environment.
“It did not turn me off completely because my focus was more on cricket rather than playing football. But I really love going out and trying different sports – whether it’s table tennis or badminton, but football is something I have played since my school days. And when I went to play with my Bollywood friends over there, they were very competitive and they were friendly at the same time.
“So it was a good mix, and I also wanted to get into that competition zone and make sure my fitness was pretty intact. Because you keep running for 90 minutes and it’s about how your endurance goes throughout the game,” said Shreyas in response to one Sportskeeda question at the press conference after day 2 of the first test against New Zealand.
He added that the conversation with MS Dhoni calmed his nerves.
And even Mahi bhai was there and we talked a bit about IPL at the time – never discussed winning the IPL (laughs). You know that he is really calm and sane, when you talk he has so much experience of IPL and different forms of play, so it is always fun to chat with him “, said the Mumbai guy.
Shreyas scored the best points for India in the first innings, collecting 105 of 171 balls with 13 fours and two sixes to start. Ajinkya rahanes boys came to 345 before Kiwi opens Tom latham (50 * discount 165) and Will ung (75 * of 180) finished day 2 with an uninterrupted opening position of 129.
“I’ll only come to your place for dinner if you make a century” – Pravin Amre’s message to Shreya Iyer
Every athlete has had a father figure on their journey. In Shreya’s case, there have been two – one, his biological father, and the other, former India and Mumbai hitmaker Pravin Amre. By acknowledging his achievements in white ball cricket, both have always pushed him towards the longest format.
Amre was the coach in Mumbai during Shreya’s domestic debut season and the 53-year-old has always talked about the importance of playing test cricket. Interestingly, both are now part of the list of Indian centurions on test debut.
“When I go to the gym, he goes on to say, ‘You’ve achieved a lot in your life. You’ve been captain of an IPL team, this and that, but that was in white-ball cricket. But your main achievement would be when you get the test cap. And I’m sure he would be really happy when I got it and he said, “I’ll only come to your place for dinner if you get a century.” So after today’s century, I’ll send him a message and invite him to dinner, ”Shreyas exclaimed.
On the other hand, his dad, Santosh Iyer, has had his WhatsApp profile picture as Shreyas holding the 2017 Border-Gavaskar Trophy from when he was called in as a replacement for Virat Kohli in the Dharamshala Test match.
“He obviously loves test cricket the most, and giving this century’s gift would be the best achievement for me and also for him and a father. So it’s a great feeling for both of us, and my mom and dad have really supported me throughout. “My journey and they have been the cornerstones of my success so far, and they always will be. So I would like to thank them and my whole family who have really supported me,” he concluded.
However, it would be unfortunate (again) if Shreyas loses his place in the middle when incumbent captain Virat Kohli returns for the second Test in Mumbai next week. If not, it would really be a fairy tale for him to play in front of his home crowd, hopefully with both Pravin Amre and his family watching from the stands.
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