Shreyas Iyer, the Indian cricket sensation, shared insights into his remarkable recovery from injury and the emotions he experienced during his journey back to the cricket field after his impressive performance against Australia on September 24, 2023. In the second ODI held in Indore, India, Iyer marked his comeback in style by scoring a spectacular century, contributing significantly to India’s total score of 399.
Iyer’s remarkable individual score of 105 runs off 90 balls included 11 fours and three sixes. His partnership with fellow batsman Shubman Gill was a highlight of the match, as they added 200 runs for the second-wicket partnership. Gill also reached a century, scoring 104 runs for the team.
However, Iyer’s return to the pitch was far from easy. He had undergone successful back surgery in London and had to spend six months out of action. His comeback during the Asia Cup was disrupted when he suffered back spasms ahead of the Super 4s clash against Pakistan, forcing him to miss that game and subsequently the rest of the matches in the tournament.
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Reflecting on his journey to recovery during the post-match press conference, Shreyas Iyer described it as a rollercoaster ride. He expressed gratitude to himself for maintaining belief in his abilities during challenging times. He also acknowledged feeling lonely during his recovery period and extended his thanks to his family, trainers, and physios for their unwavering support and encouragement.
“Yeah, it was definitely a rollercoaster ride. I would like to thank myself, to be honest. For believing, at that point in time, on my abilities and also my mindset. I was feeling a bit lonely at that point of time, but thanks to my physios, my trainers, and my family, to back me at that point of time, and I’m grateful to have them around. These are all these people being around me and lifting my spirits high. That motivated me to stay positive and optimistic at the same time. So I’m thankful, and I’m grateful,” said Shreyas Iyer.