From hospital bed to Test debut, it has been a roller-coaster ride for Shreyas Iyer. Cricketers getting injured is not a new thing, but recovering from injury and getting a Test cap is a good achievement for anyone.
Iyer posted a video on Instagram on Tuesday, in which he shared visuals of his treatment. And then he showed pictures of a photoshoot in a test jersey.
After dislocating his shoulder in the ODI against England in Pune on March 23, Iyer had to stay away from the field for a long time. He had to undergo surgery in the UK and was also refused an appearance for Lancashire in the Royal London Cup.
Iyer went for rehabilitation and came back for the second half of the IPL. After IPL, Shreyas was selected for Team India T20I team, but he could not be a part of it t20 world cup Team.
Iyer on Wednesday became India’s 303rd Test cricketer after receiving the Test cap from legendary Sunil Gavaskar ahead of the start of the first Test against New Zealand at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.
A Test cap that came after 4592 first-class runs in 54 matches at an average of 52.18. Iyer made his ODI debut in 2017, playing 54 limited overs matches. He scored 1393 runs at an average of 42.7 in ODIs and 27.6 in T20Is. Seeing his ability to score runs independently, it was believed that he would be included in the Test team sooner or later.
On Thursday, the BCCI uploaded a video in which Iyer has a certain calmness on his face. Iyer was seen giving a loud talk to Gavaskar as coach Dravid, captain Ajinkya Rahane and the rest of the teammates looked up to him and applauded his moment.
Iyer knows better than anyone what he has achieved, which might be the reason why he got emotional while kissing the Test cap.
Meeting Kanpur is not new for Iyer. In 2019, he saved the Mumbai Ranji team with his brilliant innings of 75 runs against the formidable attack of Praveen Kumar, Ankit Rajput and Piyush Chawal. Now he got his Test cap at the same place where he had announced his arrival for red-ball cricket.
In fact, the Test cap seemed to be in his grasp but he got away with it on several occasions. In March 2017, he was called up as Virat Kohli’s replacement for the fourth and final Test against Australia in Dharamsala, but missed the Test cap by a moustache.
Now after four years, he has finally got that moment, a moment that will take some time to sink in.