Iyer Senior Kept Photo of Son Holding Border-Gavaskar Trophy as WhatsApp DP for Four Years | Cricket News

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Shreyas Iyer’s dad, Santosh, has a unique WhatsApp DP: his son donning the whites and holding the 2017 Border Gavaskar Trophy. The reason: he always wanted to see his son play the traditional format of the game, and when he did. finally made for the first time on Thursday, the joy of Iyer senior knew no bounds. The 26-year-old made his memorable Test debut with half a century of unbeaten play to save India from a precarious position on day one of the opener against New Zealand at Green Park in Kanpur.

“Yes, this DP (of Shreyas holding the Border Gavaskar trophy) has always been close to my heart because when he was playing against Australia he was on standby in place of Virat Kohli in Dharamshala,” said Santosh at PTI a few hours after his son. dominated a strong Kiwi attack.

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“So this time after I won the game, they (teammates) presented him (Shryas) with the trophy, just to hold it, so this moment was very prestigious for me.”

Shreyas, who is from the Worli area of ​​Mumbai, showed a lot of poise and class during his time in the middle as India finished the day in 258 for four.

“Shryas holding the trophy (BG) and I literally wanted him to play for India at that point. And I was thinking about those lines like when will he get the opportunity to really be in the team and play in the test match.

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“So when Ajinkya Rahane said that Shreyas was going to play, it was the happiest time of my life, more than being selected for any other (format) IPL or someday it was very prestigious for me ( like) it’s a real form of cricket.

“Sometimes when I talked to him I told him you should play a test and he (had) said it would happen very soon and it happened and I was on top of the world,” Santosh said.

Santosh recalled that Shreyas used to go for his games and that his son was an “aggressive” hitter.

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The elegant right-handed hitter, who played for the prestigious Shivaji Park Gymkhana, was presented his cap by the legendary Sunil Gavaskar and his father called the moment proud.

“Sunil Gavaskar is one of my favorite cricketers and it was absolutely a proud moment. It’s a great moment. I have no words to express (the joy),” concluded Iyer senior.

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Shreyas was a little nervous at first, made a few consecutive punches but stayed ahead of opening to score his first test fifty.

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