Pick a card, any card! He has the model of a wizard and his skilled fingers do better than many professional markers. But card tricks aren’t his only magic. The 25-year-old cricketer Shreyas Ayer plays for the Indian national team and is also captain of the capital Delhi in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Shreias Ayer started learning magic tricks five years ago because they could be a good way to start a conversation. Gully, Zara; Tricot, Source, Mumbai; Traces, Superdri (Abhijit Bhatlekar)
This is the eve of his first major performance as a stage artist in Hio Wonderland at the Bandra Kurla complex in Mumbai. If you sit down in the plush living room where he just worked with the famous French illusionist Titou Molar, with whom he’s going to work, you’ll forgive yourself for thinking that Iyer has peace in his hands. But this young man has worked hard to earn the trust he exudes.
Sitting next to Donny’s MS was a very special feeling. I told him I had always dreamed of such a day, and he didn’t know what to say!
About five years ago I was offered a contract by the Clifton Village Cricket Club in Nottingham, England. I lived there with one of my teammates and everything was new to me. I thought magic tricks were a good way to start a conversation. I watched them on YouTube and learned them slowly, he said. He now has three card games with him wherever he goes.
Emphasis on trust
The image has always been important to him. I observe how I am perceived by others. It’s been like this since we were kids. I want to be a better version of myself. I like to get dressed, even for a normal family party. Before I go to bed, I imagine what I’m going to wear the next day! that he trusts. People say I’ve reached the celebrities. It’s important to live up to it.
That’s right. When a right-handed man enters the field, his tongue drips confidently and his club hits the ball with unparalleled ease. In the documentary Aather’s Dream, filmed by Aayush Puthran, Pravin Amre, a former Indian test cricketer, coach of the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team and chairman of the Shivaji Park Gymkhana (SPG), says he likes Ayer’s attitude even more than his technique. The man who gave Ayer his first chance by recommending him for the U13 category is proud of the performance of his protégé in the Rangie Trophy 2014-2015, where he drove 809 races averaging over 50 and was the most productive rider on the team this season.
During a bad time [as a cricketer] I realised I had to travel with my friends, forget the game and reload. When I came back, I was in good shape!
It is not surprising that Ayer became the center of the war for the right to participate in the IPL 2015 auction, where it eventually bought the reckless Delhi (now the capital) for 2.6 Croatian rupees. This year Ayer was the player who won the most money in the tournament.
Bat of hell
When he became captain of his IPL team in 2018, he gave his game a new depth. The captain will change your mind completely. The task is to lead your team to victory, even if you didn’t manage it yourself. If you do and the team wins, people will always remember how you led that day. But to gain the trust of other actors, you have to do the same, Ayer says.
Shreias Ayer says he likes to dress, even for the occasional family meeting (Abhijit Bhatlekar).
He has come a long way from his dream of playing in the big league to literally getting closer to his children’s icons. Sitting next to Donny’s MS was a very special feeling. I told him I had always dreamed of a day like this, and he didn’t know what to say, he said. This is Captain Kohli. Virat and I regularly discuss my technique or skills. The coach of Delhi Capitals and Australian legend Ricky Ponting also played an important role in concentrating his energy.
Ayer also realized how important it was to take a break from the constant pressure. For example, I played a lot of back-to-back games and my second IPL didn’t go well. Before that, I was top scorer in the homerun and second in the Rangie Trophy, but suddenly I couldn’t even score 50 points in six games. Then I realized I had to travel with friends, forget cricket for a while and recharge my batteries. When I came back, I was fit again, he explains.
According to Shrejas Ayer it is not easy to hit in room four, because you have to go from hitting to anchoring. Knitwear, Paul Smith; Costume, Anuj Madhaan
Thanks to his consistent performance in home games, he was selected in the 2017-18 ODI series against Sri Lanka, where he scored goals for two and a half centuries. Ayer’s optimized mix of aggression and control convinced the cricketers that he is a good long-term bet in fourth place, which the Indian cricket team has been trying to fill for some time. It’s not easy to get into number four because you have to go from hitting to anchoring. If a few posts are hit in the first overruns, you must rub and match until the 40th before resuming the offensive game.
Not bad for a boy from Mumbai who at the age of seven started hitting a rubber ball his father had given him at the Adarsh Nagar house in Worley. When he was 10 years old, he played season ball with friends. The brilliant 102-ball inning guaranteed Ayers’ parents the chance of a cricket career: My father forced me to change schools so I could learn more about quality cricket. Then he took me to children’s cricket, SPG. It was a first rejection because I wasn’t old enough.
As a player, it is important to know your end zone. You have to sacrifice what other people your age can do.
Ayer made the incision the following year. But his parents made it clear that education can’t go to high school for cricket. In order to maintain his balance, he often sacrificed the practice to study. But cricket was an eternal obsession. Our lives have had many ups and downs. Dad had to close his courier and freight company the same year I was selected for the IPL. My parents were not won over by the bad news or excited about my big discovery, he notes.
This mixture of sobriety and acceptance of change is a constant factor in the life of Ayers. As a player, it is important to know your end zone. You have to sacrifice what other people your age can do, he says. Growing up, I realized that if you stay with the same friends, you’ll just be there. You have to think separately if you want to be in a 1% zone and not in a 99% zone.
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From 19 January 2020