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For a 20-year-old batsman making his debut in the Indian Premier League, it would have been convenient to shadow the big stars; play second fiddle to the likes of Yuvraj Singh, JP Duminy and Angelo Matthews. But that is not what Shreyas Iyer is about.

He has been one of the real finds in this year’s IPL and is a contender for the emerging player award this season. This young batsman from Mumbai is one of the few good things that the Delhi Daredevils will cherish having failed to make it to the play-offs.Shreyas Santosh Iyer was bought for a massive Rs 2.6 Cr in the auctions held in February, 2015 where he was on the radar of more than three teams. He was bought for ten times his base price, which made him the highest earning uncapped player in the tournament.The price Delhi Daredevils paid for Shreyas was not devoid of logic—he had an average of over 50 in the just concluded Ranji Trophy playing for Mumbai. And it is no co-incidence that he has been hailed as the next Virender Sehwag of Indian cricket because of his impressive hand-eye co-ordination.After watching his knock against CSK where Iyer hit an unbeaten 70 off 49 balls, Duminy had this to say during the presentation:shreyas1What separates Shreyas from other players in his league including Deepak Hooda and Manan Vohra is the calmness he exudes when on the pitch. The way he has adapted to the format with the changing bowling speeds, from 130 Kmph in the domestic games to 140 kmph in the IPL, speaks a lot about his temperament.But he is still not a complete package. The selectors must be patient and groom him for a season or two in the domestic circuit before throwing him in the deep. If Shreyas is consistent and values each innings he plays, then the coming Ranji season might be a game changer for his professional career. And we hope that we will see this talented youngster playing in the blue jersey as a core member in the next world cup.

 

Excerpt taken from mensxp, writtern by Anshul Gandhi