India’s middle-order batsman, Shreyas Iyer, created history in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand by surpassing 500 runs in his maiden ODI World Cup campaign. Iyer became the first middle-order batter to achieve this milestone, crossing the 500-run mark with a spectacular century in the semi-final match.
Despite facing criticism for his inclusion in the World Cup 2023 squad due to a lack of professional matches since April 2023, following a back surgery, Iyer has silenced his critics with outstanding performances. After spending significant time at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for rehabilitation, Iyer faced another setback with a back spasm upon his return to the Indian ODI side during the Asia Cup 2023.
However, the Indian team management, led by coach Rahul Dravid, stood by Iyer, emphasizing his exceptional temperament and strength of mind. Dravid defended Iyer throughout the build-up to the World Cup, highlighting his ability to perform under pressure.
Shreyas Iyer’s remarkable run in the World Cup 2023 includes fifties against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and South Africa, and centuries against the Netherlands and New Zealand in the semi-finals. In the crucial semi-final match, Iyer played a pivotal role, scoring 105 off 70 balls, anchoring the innings alongside Virat Kohli.
As Iyer continues to make significant contributions to the team, he has become a key player in India’s campaign in the ODI World Cup, proving his critics wrong and showcasing his exceptional talent and form on the international stage.