In-form Shreyas Iyer doesn’t want to remember his maiden Indian team stint
He averages 42 in the ODIs and 16 in the T20Is.
Updated - Feb 26, 2019 2:41 pm
Along with Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer is also another name that symbolized the new breed of talents in Indian cricket. He made his debut in 2017 end but hasn’t again played for India in over a year. His last appearance in the blue was against South Africa in an ODI in Centurion in February last year. Although he has scored runs in domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League of late, the 24-year-old certainly has to cover some serious distance to knock the doors of the Indian team again.
The Mumbai batsman is in good touch in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament, scoring two hundreds (against Sikkim and Madhya Pradesh) and is leading the scorers’ table with more matches to go. The Delhi Capitals (formerly Daredevils) captain will look to continue with his touch into the IPL starting next month and take it up from he had left last year. And the man is not thinking too much into a return to the Indian side but on the job in his hand.
“It is all past. I just want to forget it and concentrate on my cricket and perform,” Iyer, who is eyeing give Delhi their first IPL title this year, was quoted as saying by Sportstar.
‘You become mature & start taking responsibility’
“You become mature and you start taking responsibility as an individual. Other players also look up to you as captain and they start respecting you. think I have improved a lot as a batsman and I have realised my strengths and weaknesses. I try to learn as much as possible from everywhere I play. All these things have really helped me as a captain.”
The Delhi side did well towards the later part of the IPL last year but it was too high a task by then. Iyer replaced an out-of-form Gautam Gambhir midway in the tournament and eyes to finish off the incomplete task.
“In the last season, we were relentless in the second half. We knew we had to win all games from there. Our approach had changed and I had also taken up the leadership role. Our thought process was to win every game. If we carry the same momentum right from the first match this season and can be consistent, it can help us qualify to the playoffs,” he said.
Talking about the man’s international cricket so far, he has played in six ODIs and as many T20Is, scoring a couple of fifties (in the 50-over format). He averages 42 in the ODIs and 16 in the T20Is.