Watching their kids realise their dream is one of the most beautiful feelings for any parent in the world. Nothing beats the feeling than watching the years old dream become a reality after your years of hardships.
Every young cricketer, who wishes to become an international player, his biggest dream is to play Test cricket but only a select few of them get to live this dream.View this post on Instagram
On Thursday when India faced New Zealand in the opening Test of the two-match home series against New Zealand, it was time for Shreyas Iyer to turn his dream into reality and he received his debut cap from batting legend Sunil Gavaskar. More than the Mumbai batter, it was his father Santosh Iyer who had carried this dream in his heart of one day watching his son don the Indian white jersey.
Iyer has been impressive for India in the last couple of years in white-ball cricket but he could never make it to the Test squad, mainly due to the intense competition for each and every spot in India’s red-ball team.
After the selectors decided to rest several first-choice players, it paved the way for the 26-year-old cricketer from Mumbai to earn his Test call and fulfill his father’s dream. Be it IPL or India’s limited-overs team, Iyer was doing well everywhere but his father was never satisfied and encouraged him to always strive to become a Test cricketer because according to him that was the “real cricket”.View this post on Instagram
“Test cricket is the real cricket. I always wanted him to play Tests. Today, that dream will come true. My wife and I are absolutely delighted,” Santosh Iyer told told mid-day ahead of his son’s Test debut.
How badly he wanted to see his son don the Indian Test kit can be gauged from the fact that he kept the same DP on his WhatsApp profile for the last four years. This DP from 2017 features Iyer holding the trophy after India defeated Australia 2-1 in the home series.View this post on Instagram
Iyer had joined the team as Kohli’s injury replacement but didn’t get to play and had to wait four long years to get a place in the starting line-up.
“We always wanted him to play Test cricket. I have been telling Shreyas to try for a Test spot. He always used to say that it will happen. So, that’s what has happened now. Honestly, we were not expecting it to happen against New Zealand. I will be on my toes, certainly. We expect him to perform well. It is a big opportunity since other stalwarts are not in the team,” said his father.View this post on Instagram
Despite it being his debut game, Iyer didn’t let it affect his game and finished the opening day’s play on 75 not out. His knock helped the hosts recover from a tricky position and pushed the team towards a respectable first innings total.