Sunil Gavaskar has chosen Indian cricket’s “next big thing.” India won another series at home, their fifth in a row under new all-formats captain Rohit Sharma.
India defeated Sri Lanka by 238 runs in the pink-ball Test in Bengaluru on Monday to win the series and, as a result, India’s final home match in 2022. With India not playing a Test match until after the T20I World Cup in October 2022, with the exception of one odd encounter in England.
Sunil Gavaskar on Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer made history by becoming the first Indian batsman to strike two half-centuries in a single Day-Night Test in Bengaluru, scoring 92 and 67 in the two innings.
Iyer established the foundation with his 98-ball 92 in the first innings, which enabled India to finish with 252 on a tough Chinnaswamy track with uneven bounce and turn. He hit a stunning 67 in the second innings, helping India set a total of 477 against Sri Lanka.
When asked if Iyer is the next great thing in Indian cricket, Gavaskar said, “Yes certainly, he is looking like that.” in an interview.
“Because anybody who plays the way he did…it is very attractive batting that he has, the shots that he has. He is a good-looking young man. So it all points to the fact that in the next six-eight months he could be the next big thing in Indian cricket,” he added.
Shreyas Iyer has only played four Tests, but he has amassed 388 runs at a decent 55.43 average. On his debut against New Zealand, he scored a century. In this series against Sri Lanka, he has scored 186 runs at an average of 62.
For his efforts in the second Test, Shreyas Iyer was selected Player of the Match.
“I have always dreamt about playing Test cricket for India, good feeling to come and contribute, want to keep this going,” Iyer said.