Delhi | Shreyas Iyer made a very impressive Test debut in the first Test against New Zealand at Kanpur on Thursday 25 November and completed a century on debut when the game resumed on the second day. However, on the same day, reports claimed that Delhi Capitals had decided not to retain Shreyas Iyer for the upcoming 2022 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). According to ESPNcricinfo website, the 2020 IPL runners-up were in talks with DC Iyer to retain him but the Mumbai batsman opted to move to the auction pool. DC, who reached the playoffs in IPL 2021, have now decided to retain Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Enrique Nortje and Axar Patel. (Iyer returns to auction pool)
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Journey to Test Debut is like a roller coaster
Iyer was, in fact, the first captain of the Delhi franchise to manage to take them to an IPL final. The former DC captain scored 519 runs in 17 matches in 2020 to lead his team to the title match, where they lost to Mumbai Indians. But franchises like Punjab Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad and even Royal Challengers Bangalore are looking for a captain for IPL 2022 and Iyer should have no dearth of options for the upcoming season. Meanwhile, from hospital bed to Test debut, it has been a roller-coaster ride for 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.
Iyer made his ODI debut in 2017 (Iyer returns to auction pool)
Iyer had to stay away from the field for a long time after injuring his shoulder in the ODI against England in Pune on 23 March. He had to undergo surgery in the UK and was also refused an appearance for Lancashire in the Royal London Cup. He did not play in the first part of the IPL that took place in India in early 2021. It was from him that Rishabh Pant took over the command of Delhi Capitals. Iyer went for rehabilitation and came back for the second half of the IPL. After the IPL, Shreyas was selected for the Team India T20I squad, but he could not be a part of the T20 World Cup squad. Iyer 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 on Wednesday. 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. ( Iyer returns to auction pool)