The extremely competitive and resolve challenging nature of the sport continues to live on in this innovative shortened format of the game, T20 cricket has been another wind in the sails for one one mans most beloved pastimes and the support for the beloved sport has returned to its glorious levels of yesteryear with competitions like the Pepsi IPL making the game as fiery and as adored as it has ever been across all echelons and classes. Within this great hive of growth and success across the sport, the culture of youth development in cricket has once again received its platform to shine within the game as more competitions and formats equate to a need for more players as playing opportunities become available across the realm. The Pepsi IPL has begun to mark itself out as a competition where uncut diamonds are unearthed and the 2015 edition has continued that growing culture in some style, our Talent Scout will continue to run the rule over some of the best u/23 players in the competition in this IPL 2015 Young Gun Scouting Report feature. Bless you.
Full Name: Shreyas Santosh Iyer
DoB: December 6th, 1994 (20)
PoB: Mumbai, Maharashtra; India
Batting Style: Right-Hand
Bowling Style: Right-Arm Off Break
Playing Role: Top-Order Batsman
IPL Franchise: Delhi Daredevils
IPL Squad No: #41
Represented Teams: India u/19, Mumbai, West Zone
IPL 2015 Record: 6 Innings, 227 Runs, S/R 140.12, Ave 37.83 T/S 83, 2 50’s
T20 Record: 13 Innings, 270 Runs, S/R 127.35, Ave 22.50, T/S 83, 2 50’s
T20 Debut: Baroda v Mumbai; March 30th, 2014 (Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy)
The Grand Stand View
One of the uncut gems unearthed during the 2014 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup was Shreyas Iyer, a talented member of the exciting Indian U/19 side who amazed many with their brave batting display and strong batting unit; the young Indian lads went onto lose their quarter-final clash with their English counterparts in a tightly contested clash that England won by 3 wickets after hitting the winning runs off the first ball of the last over. Iyer did not feature in the quarter-finals loss but his return to the starting unit in the 5th place playoff saw an improved performance in the side as they romped the West Indies by 46 runs with the Caribbean lads unable to chase the imposing 340 target in their allotted over’s; the fluid hitting Iyer caught the eye again with his 66 off 45 balls comprising of an impressive 5 fours and 4 sixes in an innings where the West Indian bowling attack took a pasting that ought to leave a mark.
His reputation as a star of the future for Indian cricket has grown considerably since his exploits in the United Arab Emirates, working under the man who discovered him at the age of 11 and nurtured him into a classy batsman for Mumbai as they fielded a competitive side in the domestic competitions with Iyer showing glimpses of his batting potential in the last two editions of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy where some of India’s best cricketers competed for the T20 crown. It was his swashbuckling run of form during the 2015 Ranji Trophy that showed many within the fraternity just how skilled a tuned in Iyer truly is as he top scored for Mumbai with 562 runs in 12 innings at an average of 51.09 with a strike rate of 72.42 and a top score of 142 (not out) to show for his impressive start to the season. His Mumbai gaffer and the man that scouted him as a lad, former Indian Test and One Day International Pravin Amre, is the Assistant Coach to Gary Kirsten at the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL and his knowledge of the potential within Iyer has not gone unused with Amre known to be one of the contributing factors towards Delhi fending off competition from the Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders to make Shreyas the highest paid non-international selected in the player draft.
The future looks exceedingly bright for a composed and technically efficient batsman with great footwork and clean hitting ability with the power to hit bowlers for boundaries in any ground you put him in; Shreyas Iyer is far from the finished article, yet the levels of ability he has displayed already at the age of 20 seems to alert us to a talent that could break into the Indian side very soon and become a mainstay in that youthful and exciting batting order for the next decade and some change.