Shreyas Iyer had a phenomenal run in 2022, leading the Indian middle-order from the front while also playing a string of match-defining knocks to steer the Men in Blue to victories that at one point in time felt like a pipe dream.
From 39 matches, Shreyas hammered 1609 runs at a staggering average of 48.75 that also comprised a century and 14 half-centuries, making him the third-highest run-scorer in the international arcade in 2022. His best knock of the last calendar year was that of 113, underlining the searing brilliance that he brought to the platter.
In an interview with Mashable India, Iyer opened up on his first interaction with Sachin Tendulkar and also highlighted that the Little Master is obsessed with cricket. It was during one of his domestic stints where he came face to face with Sachin for the first time.
Shreyas said, “I was 14-years-old and Sachin sir had come to BKC to give us motivation for a tournament. That was the first-time I ever met him and a one-on-one chat happened in the Ranji Trophy final. We had a brief chat and I asked him technique and stance, which keeps on changing during matches. I asked him, “what should I do?” He said that ‘Dekh Shreyas, which you feel is perfect for that day, that is the right thing to do.”
He further added, “Sachin sir is so obsessed with cricket. He will keep on speaking only, he will give you so many tips. He said that “do whatever you feel comfortable with on that particular day.” Iyer will be a crucial contender for a spot in India’s squad in the 2023 World Cup, keeping in mind that he can continue to deliver at similar rate as he is doing right now. Given his versatility and his attacking mindset, he can almost single-handedly flip games in India’s favour.