As a Mumbai coach again then, stress was on Amre too that Iyer got here good, because it was he who had pushed Iyer’s case, having identified the prodigious expertise of a boy he had coached on the Shivaji Park Gymkhana since he was 12. “My mind is today racing back to how this 105 is as important to him as that 75 was seven years ago. This was a similar situation. Before his Test debut, he knew that Virat Kohli would be back for the next Test, and his place would be in danger. Now he has done whatever was in his hands. As his coach, I’m very happy because this innings is a statement from him that he belongs to all the three formats. He has shown his critics that he can do well in Test cricket too. He’s not just a white-ball specialist,” an emotional Amre instructed TOI.
“He has given a good selection headache to coach Rahul Dravid and the selectors before the next Test,” stated the Mumbaikar, tongue-in-cheek.
Amre felt that it maybe boosted Iyer that he obtained his Test cap from the legendary Sunil Gavaskar. “He plays spin very well, so that wasn’t a surprise. The challenge for him was that it was a slow wicket. He showed excellent application. He tends to hit the bowlers over the top early in his innings, but he took his time to score his half-century. Maybe, it helped him that before the Test, he received his Test cap from Gavaskar sir. You could see that ‘Midas touch’ of Gavaskar-applying himself in the middle, putting a price tag on his wicket-in his batting,” Amre noticed.
“I’m really happy and proud of him today. Shreyas’ success is special for me, simply because I’ve been a part of his journey, from when he was 12 and came to us to learn cricket at Shivaji Park Gymkhana till now,” an emotional Amre instructed TOI.
The former India batsman turned coach felt that his ward ought to have made his Test debut a lot earlier. “He should’ve got his Test cap long back-when he scored 1321 runs for Mumbai in the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy season. However, he has grabbed his opportunity with both hands,” Amre stated.
That ‘blockbuster season’ was Iyer’s second in first-class cricket, and it noticed him rating simply 95 runs brief of VVS Laxman’s then report for many runs in an version of the Ranji Trophy. Eventually, it took Iyer to attain 4592 runs in 54 first-class video games at a mean of 52.18, earlier than lastly, on the age of 26, he was thought-about worthy of a Test cap.
Amre recalled how tough it was to get Iyer to high-degree cricket after a nasty shoulder harm throughout an ODI in opposition to England in March dominated him out of the sport for six months and required a giant surgical procedure. “It was a completely new experience for him. He never went through something like this. Only someone who’s in that situation knows how tough it is. From the age of 12, he has been playing cricket, and never sat at home for as long as two months like this. He was dejected at missing out on playing in the T20 World Cup due to the injury. That injury was the sole reason he didn’t play in the World Cup. He was in so much pain that he used to tell me: ‘Even my enemy should not get this injury.’
Amre recalls how difficult it was to get Iyer to top-level cricket after that injury. “I started training him at BKC, but considering that he was still recovering from the injury, I had to be careful about his workload. Our target was September 19-Delhi Capitals’ first match in the IPL. We wanted him to be match-fit for that. By God’s grace, everything went well, and he was named as the Man of the Match in the second IPL match itself,” he stated.
Revealing his recommendation to Iyer earlier than the Mumbai bat made his Test debut, Amre stated: “It was a challenging situation, since he was playing international cricket after a couple of months, and a first-class game for the first time since featuring in an Irani Cup game in February 2019. I told him: ‘Do what’s in your hands, and leave the rest to God. You won’t get his opportunity again. Just back yourself.’ He’s a batsman who actually always backs himself,” Amre stated.
At each stage of his profession, Amre can take credit score for Iyer’s development as a participant. As an assistant coach of the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), it was he who performed an instrumental function in the IPL franchise recruiting him again in 2014 “It was important that I took him to DC (then DD) then. At all levels, he justified my faith in his abilities,” Amre concluded.
Like in Rohit Sharma’s case with the Mumbai Indians, it helped Iyer that he grew to become Delhi Capitals’ captain later. “It made him more responsible about his batting, and helped his game immensely,” stated Amre.
Though the Delhi Capitals have launched him for the public sale, Iyer is more likely to be a sizzling decide on the IPL auctions subsequent month.