‘He’s got attractive shots, is a good-looking man and has it all’: Gavaskar names ‘the next big thing’ in Indian cricket
With India not playing a Test match until after the T20 World Cup in October it is time to take a look at the future and Gavaskar picked the “next big thing” in Indian cricket.
Team India completed yet another series whitewash, a fifth consecutive at home under the new all-format leader Rohit Sharma. India won by 238 runs on Monday to beat Sri Lanka in the pink-ball Test in Bengaluru to claim the series and hence win what was India's last home contest in 2022. With India not playing a Test match until after the T20 World Cup in October, barring the one odd match in England, it is time to take a look at the future and former India captain Sunil Gavaskar picked the “next big thing” in Indian cricket. (ALSO READ: IND vs SL: Rohit Sharma maintains his stance on 'all-time great' Ashwin, explains why he's 'legend' of the game')
Shreyas Iyer performed impressively in the Bengaluru Test scoring 92 and 67 in the two innings to become the first Indian batter to score two half-century scores in a single Day-Night Test.
On a tricky Chinnaswamy track that offered uneven bounce and turn, Iyer laid the blueprint with his 98-ball 92 in the first innings that helped India finish with 252. In the second innings, he scored a brilliant 67 that saw India set a target of 477 against Sri Lanka.
When asked if Iyer is the next big thing in Indian cricket, Gavaskar, in conversation with Star Sports, replied saying, “Yes certainly, he is looking like that."
"Because anybody who plays the way he did...it is very attractive batting that he has, the shots that he has. He is a good looking young man. So it all points to the fact that in the next six-eight months he could be the next big thing in Indian cricket," he added.
Iyer was named the Player of the Match for his effort in the second Test.
“I have always dreamt about playing Test cricket for India, good feeling to come and contribute, want to keep this going,” he said in the post-match presentation.