With all eyes on the ICC World Cup in England & Wales, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have pretty much narrowed down the squad for the mega event, slated to begin this May. While the consistent performers will be seen carrying the baton for their side, a lot of other Indian cricketers seem to have missed out.
Amongst the ones who missed out, young Shreyas Iyer, too, failed to make the cut. But, the 24-year-old has neither allowed it to affect his mindset, nor his performance on the field. In fact, if we were to go by his recent outing with the willow, Shreyas appears to be making a strong statement which is bound to garner the attention of Indian selectors.
Shreyas Iyer was the no. 4 we were looking for but @BCCI didn't give him much chance as compared to Rahane, Manish, Rayudu otherwise he'd in WC squad.— Ovi (@Abhijit_19) February 21, 2019
Unfazed by the snub, Shreyas took the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy by storm after a blistering innings during Mumbai's opening match against Sikkim. The right-hander slammed a whirlwind 55-ball 147 (scoring 118 runs in boundaries). In the process, he surpassed Rishabh Pant to record the highest individual score by an Indian batsman in the history of T20 cricket.
Coming in to bat, with Mumbai reeling at 22/2, Shreyas stabilised the innings for his side with a pivotal 213-run partnership for the third wicket with Suryakumar Yadav (63). During his marauding knock, the Mumbai batsman smashed 15 sixes and seven boundaries, including a 35-run over off Sikkim's medium-pacer Tashi Bhalla.
Highest T20 scores by Indians
147 - Shreyas Iyer for Mumbai today
128* - Rishabh Pant for Delhi Daredevils 2018
127 - M Vijay for Chennai Super Kings 2010
126* - Suresh Raina for Uttar Pradesh 2018
125 - Unmukt Chand for Delhi 2013#SyedMushtaqAliTrophy
Incidentally, Shreyas' tally of 15 sixes also saw going past Murali Vijay (11) for most maximums in a T20 innings among Indian batsmen. He is now tied on the fourth spot on the overall list with none other than 'Universe Boss' Chris Gayle.
Thanks to the right-handed batsman's sensational knock, Mumbai reached a formidable total of 258 runs in their quota of 20 overs. In reply, Sikkim failed to get going in their run-chase. Shardul Thakur and Shams Mulani bagged two wickets apiece to ensure Sikkim could only manage 104/7 in 20 overs, losing the match by 154 runs.February 21, 2019
Sadly, despite the talent & good performance, Shreyas Iyer lost his place in Indian team.— Lionð®ð³ (@ShoorVeerKing) February 21, 2019
Wow looking forward for such performances in international level, once he gets the chance— anju rawat (@anjubharatrawat) February 21, 2019
Poor Shreyas iyer he has a competition with IPL bully Rayudu who doesn't even play domestic cricket. What a shame— Coach Ravi Shastri (@saffron_archer) February 21, 2019
Wow.. I mean in another country he would've been a established star batsman by now. Instead we have duds like Rayudu to contend till the WC. I hope for wholesome changes in batting order after WC. This team is too damn old— Romeo Rajat (@RomeoRajat2) February 21, 2019
Shreyas iyer is rare talent , he is much better than Rayudu , u r picking Rayudu just for his IPL performance where as iyer is scoring tons of runs in domestic cricket .— Coach Ravi Shastri (@saffron_archer) February 21, 2019