Seeing their children realize their dream is one of the most beautiful feelings for any parent in the world. Nothing beats the feeling other than watching the year old dream come true after your years of hardship.
Every young cricketer who wants to become an international player, his biggest dream is to play test cricket, but only a select few of them will live out this dream.
On Thursday when India met New Zealand in the preliminary test of the two match long home series against New Zealand, it was time for Shreyas Iyer to make his dream come true, and he received his debut cap from batting legend Sunil Gavaskar. More than the Mumbai date, it was his father Santosh Iyer who had carried this dream in his heart of one day seeing his son wearing the Indian white jersey.
Iyer has been impressive for India in the last few years in white ball cricket, but he could never get to the Test squad, mainly due to the intense competition for every single place in India’s red ball team.
After the voters decided to rest several first-choice players, it paved the way for the 26-year-old Mumbai cricketer to get his test call and fulfill his father’s dream. Be it the IPL or India’s limited-overs team, Iyer did well everywhere, but his father was never satisfied and encouraged him to always strive to become a test cricketer because, according to him, it was the “real cricket”.
“Test cricket is the real cricket. I always wanted him to play test. Today that dream will come true. My wife and I are absolutely happy,” said Santosh Iyer. in the middle of the day prior to his son’s test debut.
How much he wanted to see his son put on the Indian test set can be measured by the fact that he kept the same DP on his WhatsApp profile for the last four years. This 2017 DP features Iyer holding the trophy after India defeated Australia 2-1 in the home series.
Iyer had joined the team as Kohlis’ replacement, but did not play and had to wait four long years to get a place in the starting lineup.
“We always wanted him to play test cricket. I’d asked Shreyas to try a test spot. He always used to say it would happen. So that’s what happened now. Honestly, we did not expect that. “It would happen against New Zealand. I will definitely be on my toes. We expect him to perform well. It is a great opportunity as other talented people are not on the team,” said his father.
Despite it being his debut game, Iyer did not let it affect his game and ended the opening day’s game at 75 not out. His bank helped the hosts recover from a difficult position and pushed the team towards a respectable first half total.