New Delhi: Shreyas Iyer on Thursday scored a brisk hundred in the final of the Ranji Trophy to helps Mumbai take a first innings lead against Saurashtra.
Thanks to his 228-minute stay at the crease, Iyer became the second-highest run-scorer in a single season of the Ranji Trophy.
He also became only the third cricketer to score eleven fifty-plus scores in one year.
The stylish right-hander's exploits even caught the attention of fellow Mumbaikar and legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
"I've seen Shreyas Iyer bat in the Mumbai nets and in the IPL (where he plays for the Delhi Daredevils), and I really liked what I saw. What struck me was his ability to play powerful shots. I don't think he intentionally approaches an innings to attack from the start -it's just the way that he plays -it comes naturally to him," Tendulkar told TOI.
The master also stated that Iyer had the ability to bat in a similar manner at the highest level
"He has a few options when it comes to stroke-making and he backs his ability to play the big shots. The fact that he has scored runs consistently for the past couple of seasons shows that he has the ability to bat in a similar manner at the highest level. He knows exactly what he's doing and understands his game. It's a day to celebrate his success and enjoy the fact that he's performed brilliantly for Mumbai. I'm sure I'll end up watching him bat soon, and will keep bumping into him. I'll be following his progress," he further added.
Few months back when Tendulkar dropped in at the Mumbai nets, Shreyas requested his help in overcoming a technical flaw that had crept up in his game.
Shreyas believes the advice he got from Tendulkar that day helped him to become a better batsman.