Best Innings Of Shreyas Iyer in IPL Matches
An IPL regular since his debut in 2015 and a subsequent fixture in the Indian limited-overs setup, Shreyas Iyer is undoubtedly one of the brightest batting talents to feature in the IPL. The Mumbai batsman was picked up by Delhi Daredevils in the 2015 auction as the highest-earning uncapped player in the tournament and has repaid their investment in him since that time.
Currently the captain of the Delhi outfit, Iyer has led by example throughout his IPL career, playing a number of match-winning knocks for his side, usually in a winning effort.
Best Innings of Shreyas Iyer in IPL
This list of the Best Batting Performance of Shreyas Iyer in IPL career takes a look at the very best of his glittering catalogue of special knocks.
5. 67 (50) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (2019)
Having been handed the reins of a newly-rebranded Delhi Capitals side ahead of the 2019 edition of the IPL, Iyer played a captain’s knock in their match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. After Kagiso Rabada’s 4/21 had helped keep RCB to 149/8 in the first innings, Iyer led from the front in the second, scoring 67 off 50 balls to help his side to a 4-wicket win with 7 balls to spare even as none of the other Delhi batsmen fired.
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4. 70* (49) vs Chennai Super Kings (2015)
The list of the Best Innings of Shreyas Iyer in IPL matches includes yet another mature effort in a match-winning chase, this time against Chennai Super Kings. Batting first, CSK could only manage to post 119/6 in their 20 overs, thanks largely due to Zaheer Khan’s incredible spell of 2/9 in 4 overs. In a match where only one other batsman managed to cross 30, Iyer’s excellent knock of 70 off 49 balls saw his side over the line in the 17th overs, with 6 wickets in hand. What makes this innings even more impressive is the fact that the young Iyer was made to open and ended up carrying his bat.
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3. 83 (56) vs Mumbai Indians (2015)
Yet another half-century on this list of the top 5 innings of Shreyas Iyer in IPL matches that were scored in 2015, this one coming against his ‘local’ side Mumbai Indians. Then known as the Delhi Daredevils, the side from the capital batted first on their home ground. Iyer was filling in as opener yet again, and once again rose to the occasion, scoring 83 off 56 balls with 7 fours and 5 sixes. Forming a wonderful partnership with skipper JP Duminy, who contributed 78 off 50 balls, Iyer helped his Delhi side to 190/4 in 20 overs. In reply, Mumbai Indians were never allowed to get away, pegged back by the accurate bowling of the Daredevils. In the end, it was a comfortable 37-run win for Delhi, with Iyer taking home the man of the match award.
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2. 93* (40) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (2018)
Although he was made captain of Delhi from the start of the season in 2019, this match against Kolkata Knight Riders in 2018 saw Iyer make his captaincy debut. He marked that special occasion in some style, scoring a swashbuckling 93* off 40 balls in an innings lit up by 3 fours and 10 massive sixes. Delhi’s score of 219/4 proved to be too much of an ask for KKR, who ended up on 164/9 in their innings. To make the win even sweeter for the first-time captain, Iyer walked away with the man of the match award.
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1. 96 (57) vs Gujarat Lions (2017)
Leading the list of the Best Batting Performance of Shreyas Iyer in IPL is yet another match-winning half-century, this time against Gujarat Lions in 2017. Led by Aaron Finch’s 69 off 39 balls, Gujarat posted an imposing 195/5 in their 20 overs and would have fancied their chances of winning. However, Iyer had other ideas – standing tall amidst a series of disappointingly low scores from his fellow players, he scored a magnificent 96 off 57 balls, with the help of 15 fours and 2 sixes. His solo effort took Delhi over the finish line with just 2 balls and 2 wickets to spare.
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