Playing the World Cup is the biggest motivation for Shreyas Iyer

Playing the World Cup is the biggest motivation for Shreyas Iyer

"I can't say anything about selection. That's not in my hands," Iyer said after being overlooked for Australia and New Zealand series.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer of India. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

It has been a rather disappointing start to 2019 for young Indian cricketer Shreyas Iyer. Up until the recent home season of Indian cricket, Iyer appeared to be in the frame of things of the Indian squad for the ICC World Cup 2019. However, the selectors seem to have overlooked Iyer at the start of this season. He was not a part of the squad for the Australia tour and has not been named in India’s limited-overs team for the New Zealand series.

Furthermore, when KL Rahul was called back midway through the Australian tour, many speculated Iyer to be named as the replacement, but it was not the case. Despite being overlooked by the selectors, the Mumbai lad is still optimistic about his chances. He remarked that there is very little he can do about the selection. All that he is focusing on is performing well whenever he gets a chance.

“I can’t say anything about selection. That’s not in my hands. All I can do is to perform and I will continue to perform because I play for passion. There’s a lot of competition these days and you have to keep scoring in every match no matter how worse the conditions are, how good or bad the wicket is, you have to give your best performance. This is the mindset I play with,” Shreyas Iyer was quoted as saying by IndiaTV.

On the WC 2019, and Virat Kohli

On similar lines, Iyer expressed his desire to play the World Cup. He called it the biggest motivation for him at the moment. “Definitely, I would love to be a part of the team for the 2019 World Cup. That’s the biggest motivation,” Iyer exclaimed.

When asked to comment on the Indian captain Virat Kohli, he conceded that Kohli is a big motivation for every aspiring cricketer in the country. He rightly said that the Indian skipper is playing at a whole different level at the moment.

“Virat Kohli is playing at a different level. You can’t really compare him with anybody at the moment. He is a big motivation for all of us. There’s always so much to learn by just watching him play,” conceded the youngster.

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