Shreyas Iyer’s father Santosh has a unique WhatsApp DP: his son donates to whites and holds the 2017 Border Gavaskar Trophy. Reason: He always wanted to see his son play in the traditional format of the game, and when he did it for the first time on Thursday, Iyer Sr.’s happiness knew no bounds. The 26-year-old made his Test debut with an unbeaten half-century to save India from a precarious position on the first day of the first match against New Zealand at Green Park in Kanpur.
“Yes, this DP (of Shreyas holding the Border Gavaskar Trophy) was always close to my heart because when he was playing against Australia, he was a stand-by in place of Virat Kohli in Dharamsala,” Santosh said in his statement. Told PTI after son. The Kiwis dominated the attack.
“So after winning the match at that time, they (teammates) handed the trophy to him (Shreyas), just to catch him, so that moment was very iconic for me.”
Hailing from Mumbai’s Worli area, Shreyas showed a lot of restraint and class while in the middle as India ended the day at 258 for four.
“Shreyas had the (BG) trophy and I really wanted him to play for India at that time. And I was thinking along those lines, like when will he actually get a chance to be in the team and perform in a Test match.
“So, when Ajinkya Rahane announced that Shreyas was going to play, it was the happiest moment of my life, more than getting picked for any other (format) IPL or ODIs, it was very prestigious for me ( As in) it is a real form of cricket.
“Sometimes when I spoke to him, I told him that you should play a Test and he said it would happen very soon and it happened and I was on top of the world,” Santhosh said.
Santosh recalled that Shreyas used to go for his matches and that his son was an “aggressive” batsman.
The brilliant right-handed batsman, who plays for the prestigious Shivaji Park Gymkhana, was donned by the legendary Sunil Gavaskar and his father called the moment a proud moment.
Iyer Sr. signed off, “Sunil Gavaskar is one of my favorite cricketers and it was absolutely a proud moment. It’s a great moment. I don’t have words to express (happiness).”
Shreyas was a bit nervous in the beginning, played some strange shots but held on before opening to score his maiden Test fifty.
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