Having piled on runs consistently in the domestic cricket for a substantial period, Shreyas Iyer has cemented his place in Indian Cricket Team. He earned the man of the series for his excellent performance in India’s last limited over’s series against New Zealand.
It would be fair to say that Iyer’s performances in IPL, over the years, have perhaps helped him gain prominence in world cricket. The Delhi skipper boasts of an excellent record in the cash-rich league. Iyer made heads turn after exhibiting a stellar performance in his debut season for Delhi. Turning up in 14 matches, Iyer scored 439 runs at an average of 33.76.
His breakthrough season came in 2018, where he smashed 411 runs in 14 matches at an average of 37.36 and a strike rate of 132. His performances also helped him hand captaincy midway that season.
Under his leadership, Delhi Capitals reached playoffs for the first time in six seasons in 2019.
Shreyas Iyer is looked as one of the players to watch out for ahead of IPL 2020. In this article, we look at his best 5 knocks in IPL:
58 off 49 balls against KXIP: 2019 IPL
Riding on Chris Gayle’s 69 off 37 balls, Kings Eleven Punjab posted a formidable 163-run total in the first innings. In a bid to keep up with the required run-rate, Delhi Capitals lost their first wicket in the form of Prithvi Shaw in the fourth over. A young skipper in Shreyas Iyer then joined Shikhar Dhawan and formed a 92-run partnership for the second wicket.
However, regular fall of wickets in the middle overs meant the match went to the last over. Although, Shreyas made sure he kept his cool and help his team reach home. He struck a four on the third ball of the final over to hand his team a nervy 5-wicket win. Shreyas Iyer scored a match-winning 58 off 49 balls, a knock which was peppered with 5 fours and 1 six.
67 off 50 balls against RCB: IPL 2019
In pursuit of 149 set by RCB, Delhi Capitals suffered an early blow, losing their first wicket in the first over. Shreyas Iyer along with Prithvi Shaw then resurrected the innings and guided the team to reach past 60-run mark inside 8 overs.
The second innings saw one of the best knocks played by Shreyas in his IPL. Mixing caution with aggression, Iyer anchored the chase and played a match-winning knock of 67 runs off 50 balls. His knock helped Delhi chase down the total with 7 balls remaining.
83 off 56 balls against Mumbai Indians: IPL 2015
Shreyas Iyer’s showed a glimpse of his elegant stroke play for the first time against RCB in the 2015 IPL. Opening the innings, Iyer went firing on all cylinders. He forged a brilliant 154-run partnership with JP Duminy before getting out off Malinga in the seventh over of the innings.
Exhibiting his wide range of shots, Iyer played shots all around the ground en-route to his 83 off 56 balls. He hit 7 fours and 5 sixes during his knock. Delhi posted 190 runs in the first innings. In reply, Mumbai Indians could only manage to score 153, resulting in a 37-run win for Delhi.
93 off 40 balls against KKR: IPL 2018
Inventive is the word that comes to mind whenever you watch Shreyas Iyer’s knock against Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 IPL. Making room and smashing the ball to over extra cover was certainly one the highlights of his match-winning knock.
Coming in at number three, Shreyas Iyer played with a strike rate of 232.50. He compiled a heart-warming knock of 93 runs off 40 balls, including 3 fours and as many as 10 sixes.
His knock powered Delhi to 219 in 20 overs. They eventually won the game by 55 runs.
96 off 57 balls against Gujarat Lions: IPL 2018
The 50th match between Delhi Capitals and Gujarat Lions saw one of the best innings you will ever see in the history of IPL. Shreyas Iyer singlehandedly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against the Gujarat Lions.
Batting first, Gujarat Lions put on a mammoth 195-run total in the first innings. In pursuit of the total, half of the Delhi’s side went into the dugout for 104. However, Iyer engineered a fine run-chase, scoring 96 runs off 57 balls.
Though, a superb bowl from Thampi led to his wicket in the final over. Delhi eventually romped home with 2 balls remaining in the end. Nevertheless, his knock will go down as one of the best knocks played in IPL history.