Shreyas Iyer– the middle-order Indian batsman has emerged as one of the biggest discoveries for the national side in the limited-overs format. It took longer than expected for him to impress the selectors with his willow. In the end, he successfully managed to do so. Now, in an interview, he has opened over the reaction of Rahul Dravid when he saw him for the first time.
Iyer has brought a big transformation in his game in the last three years. Earlier, he used to bat with an aggressive approach without giving much importance to his wicket. However, now he has become more sensible and matured when he comes out to bat. Moreover, the transformation has helped him in reaping out success with consistency. Recently, he returned from New Zealand where he performed exceedingly well in T20I and ODI series.
Shreyas Iyer recalls an instance from a four-day game
In an interview, Shreyas Iyer recalled an instance from a four-day match. It was the first time that Rahul Dravid was watching him from the dressing room. He was facing the bowler in the last over of the day. The players in the dressing room thought that he would play it decently without taking any risk. However, that was not the case.
“It was a four-day match and Rahul Dravid was seeing me for the first time. It was the first day’s last over. I was batting on 30 or something, so everyone thought [that since] it is the last over I’ll play out the over, I’ll play it carefully and finish it,” Iyer said on Criccuzz’s show Spicy Pitch.
The moment bowler bowled a flighted delivery, he stepped out from the crease and went for a long six. At that time, everyone was thinking how a player can play such a risky stroke in the final over of the day. Iyer recited that as soon as he went inside the dressing room, Rahul Dravid came to him and asked what kind of stroke he played in the final over.
“Rahul Dravid sir was sitting inside. He [the bowler] bowled a flighted delivery, so I stepped out and hit it in the air. It went high up in the air and it was a six. Everyone in the dressing room came out running, they were looking up, and thinking who plays the last over like this.
That day he [Rahul Dravid] judged me for how I am. He came to me and he was like ‘Boss! What is this?’ [It is the] day’s last over and you’re doing this?” But later on, I started realizing what he was trying to say,” he added.
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