'I haven't got the chance' - Shreyas Iyer's old chat with Ravi Ashwin goes viral following his stellar show in Sri Lanka Tests
Back then, Iyer was yet to make his Test debut.
Shreyas Iyer brought his A-game out during the recently-concluded Test series against Sri Lanka as India recorded a 2-0 triumph. While the right-handed batter scored 27 in the opening Test, he recorded twin fifties in the final game in Bengaluru, which was a day-night affair. Most of the Indian batters couldn’t make a mark as the pink cherry was doing a lot of talking.
Moreover, the track also had a lot of assistance for bowlers. However, Iyer embraced the challenge and played counter-attacking knocks. He recorded scores of 92 and 67 as the hosts clinched the contest by 238 runs. His brilliance even earned him the Player-of-the-Match award. Meanwhile, following the conclusion of the Bengaluru Test, Iyer’s old conversation with veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin went viral.
My first priority was to play Test cricket: Shreyas Iyer
Last year, Iyer featured in Ashwin’s YouTube talk show, “DRS with Ashwin” before the start of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Back then, the right-handed batter was yet to make his Test debut. As Iyer has an average and a strike rate of over 50 and 80 respectively in First-Class cricket, Ashwin asked about his ambitions to play Test cricket.
In reply, Iyer seemed dejected to have not played a Test match yet. He had also revealed an interesting story. “Obviously, my first priority was to play Test cricket when I first started playing cricket. My first-class record has been really amazing so far. I have always played attacking cricket in domestic, but, yeah, I haven’t got the chance,” quipped Iyer.
“I have got one run-out. I didn’t make my debut but I still got one run-out. That’s an achievement for me. This was against Australia in Dharamsala. Virat (Kohli) had a shoulder issue and I came in as a replacement (fielder),” he added.
Cut to 2022, Iyer has played four Test matches so far and has a couple of half-centuries alongside a debut hundred under his belt. With the World Test Championship final taking place next year, the 27-year-old would like to extend his purple patch in whites.