Delhi Daredevils reject Mumbai Indians' offer for rising star
The National selectors may be giving him the cold shoulder, but Mumbai lad Shreyas Iyer’s stock is on the rise in other quarters. Even as the 21-year old opening batsman is letting his bat do the talking having smashed over a 1000 runs in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season for Mumbai, there has been a growing sense of appraisal for the youngster.
The Mumbaikar’s demand in the IPL has skyrocketed in recent times, after he proved to be revelation in the previous IPL campaign for the Delhi Daredevils and has backed up his IPL exploits with record-breaking Ranji performances. And if reports from the Bangalore Mirror are to be believed, Mumbai Indians made a strong pitch for his signature, trying to strike a trade with Delhi Daredevils.
But Delhi were in no mood to let go of their key asset, despite Mumbai offering the services of three players in exchange, one of them reportedly being Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch, rated as one of the best T20 batsmen in the world. The offer was made during the trade-off transfer window while Finch was still a Mumbai Indians player.
Iyer had won the emerging player award in IPL 8, having scored 439 runs in 14 games at an average of 33, comprising four half centuries. The opener was one of the only positives in a forgettable campaign for Delhi, and naturally they were adamant that they didn’t want to let their Rs 2.6 crore acquisition join a rival side.
Iyer is currently chasing Ranji history, requiring 212 more runs in the final against Saurashtra to record the most number of runs in a single domestic season. He is currently on 1,204 runs and has his sights firmly set on beating VVS Laxman’s record of 1,415 runs in the 99-00 Ranji Trophy season. The 21-year old has also set the record of the most 50+ scores in a Ranji season with 11 this year.
The decision by Delhi Daredevils to retain their rising star seems understandable as they look to rebuild a side with young talent – having acquired the services of Pawan Negi, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant among others.
While he continues to be ignored for the men-in-blue, Shreyas Iyer is making giant strides in Indian domestic cricket and an Indian call-up beckons.
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