Considered by many to be a future captain of the Indian team, Shreyas Iyer had a resurgent 2022 and ended it as the third-highest run-getter in international cricket, across all formats. In 39 matches, the swashbuckling batter managed to score as many as 1609 runs from 39 games at an average of 48.75, packed with a century and 14 half-centuries. His highest score was an unbeaten knock of 113 runs.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam topped the list as the year’s highest run-scorer with 2598 runs from 44 matches at an average of 54.12. Meanwhile, Litton Das finished in second place, with a tally of 1921 runs in 42 fixtures, at an average of 40.02. The Bangladesh cricketer also clobbered three centuries, and 13 half-centuries, with a high score of 141.
Shreyas Iyer, the KKR captain spoke about his first meeting with Sachin Tendulkar and revealed that the legendary cricketer is ‘obsessed’ with the game. A young Iyer was still grinding it in the domestic circuit when he, like any aspiring Indian cricketer, came face to face with the legendary Tendulkar and approached him for tips.
During a recent chat with Mashable India, Shreyas Iyer said, “I was 14 years old and Sachin sir had come to BKC to give us motivation for a tournament. That was the first time I ever met him and a one-on-one chat happened in the Ranji Trophy final. We had a brief chat and I asked him about technique and stance, which keeps on changing during matches. I asked him, “what should I do?” He said ‘Dekh Shreyas, which you feel is perfect for that day, that is the right thing to do’.”
He further added, “Sachin sir is so obsessed with cricket. He will keep on speaking only, he will give you so many tips. He said that “do whatever you feel comfortable with on that particular day”.”
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Shreyas Iyer will be commencing 2023 with the upcoming ODI series vs Sri Lanka, scheduled to be commencing on January 10 in Guwahati. The second ODI will take place in Kolkata on January 12, followed by the third ODI on January 15, in Trivandrum. The ODI series will take place after the three-match T20I series, is scheduled to begin on January 3.