‘Getting in and out of side not good’: Shreyas Iyer

Every player wants a sense of security and Shreyas Iyer is no different as he believes that “getting in and out of the team doesn’t create a good pattern” and dents a player’s self belief in the long run.

Indian Premier League’s youngest captain, the 24-year-old Iyer, who guided Delhi Capitals to its first playoffs in seven years, is getting ready for the upcoming limited-over series in the Caribbean, having earned a recall after a disappointing World Cup snub.

Second coming

This is his second coming and he wants a few more chances that will help him cement his place in the side. “If you are really a good talent, then you need a certain amount of chances to prove yourself and get acclimatised to the conditions,” Shreyas told PTI in an exclusive interview.

“If you keep coming in and going out (of the team), it doesn’t really set a good pattern for one’s self and you start disbelieving yourself. If you are a great talent, then you need some time,” feels the talented Mumbaikar, who has played six ODIs and an equal number of T20Is.

Only mantra

Having stacked up consistent performances at the domestic and ‘A’ level, Shreyas said that at times one tends to lose patience but the only mantra is to perform.

Not in your hands

“Yes, you tend to lose patience but selection is not in your hands.

“All you can do is perform, perform and perform and that’s what I enjoy doing,” he said when asked about times when someone is repeatedly ignored.

“You have to keep performing and keep showing people that you are capable of playing at the higher league. Once you get that sniff, you never look back,” Shreyas, who enjoys 50-plus average (52.18) over 54 First Class games and a healthy 42.93 in List-A matches, said.

He is confident that he will certainly play a World Cup in future even as the 2019 exclusion rankles him.

“Yes, there was a lot of buzz about me before the World Cup selection because I was consistent and aware about the hardwork and smart work that I had put in. It will definitely reap benefits and help me in future when I play for India,” he said.

Shreyas fully understands that it was a specific team combination that was the reason he was being overlooked and hence he always remained in high spirits.

“It was difficult to not get selected. It was my dream to play the World Cup for my country. “I know there are a few opportunities that I got but unfortunately the team combination was such that it didn’t demand me to be there,” said Shreyas.


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