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Shreyas Iyer Celebrates 29th Birthday: Became the first player to score 500 runs in the World Cup

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Shreyas Iyer Birthday: Indian cricket’s middle-order maestro, Shreyas Iyer, marks his 29th birthday today, adding another chapter to his illustrious career that has seen him excel across all formats. With a Test debut century, stellar ODI averages, and recent World Cup heroics, Iyer has etched his name among India’s premier batsmen.

Born on December 6, 1994, in Mumbai, Shreyas Santosh Iyer has been a consistent performer for the Indian cricket team. His impact spans across Test, ODI, and T20 formats, making him a versatile asset for the national side. Notably, in November 2021, he achieved a significant milestone by scoring a century in his debut Test match against New Zealand, followed by a crucial half-century in the second innings.

Shreyas Iyer’s Test record boasts 666 runs in 10 matches at an impressive average of 44.40. In ODIs, he has amassed 2331 runs in 58 matches, maintaining an average of 49.59. His T20 numbers stand at 1104 runs in 51 matches, showcasing his adaptability across the spectrum of international cricket.

The recently concluded World Cup saw Shreyas Iyer emerge as a standout performer, particularly with his brilliant batting at the crucial number 4 position. He not only showcased his ability to anchor the innings but also etched his name in the record books by becoming the first player to score 500 runs in a single World Cup while playing at number 4.

In addition to his international exploits, Shreyas Iyer has been a stalwart for Mumbai in domestic cricket, consistently contributing with the bat. His leadership skills were recognized in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he captained the Kolkata Knight Riders. His journey in the IPL began with a significant bid of Rs 2.6 crore (approximately US$416,000) from Delhi Daredevils in the 2015 auction. Iyer not only justified the faith invested in him but also went on to win the IPL Emerging Player of the Year award by amassing 439 runs in his debut season.

Over the subsequent six seasons, Shreyas Iyer became a cornerstone of the Delhi franchise, captaining the side and consistently delivering with the bat. His ability to consistently score over 400 runs in a season showcased his reliability as a top-order batsman.

As Shreyas Iyer blows out the candles on his 29th birthday, cricket enthusiasts eagerly await more milestones from this talented right-handed batter. With his inclusion in the India squad for the 2023 Cricket World Cup, Iyer’s journey promises to add more glittering chapters to Indian cricket’s success saga.

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