Being in and out of the side dents a player's self belief: Iyer

back icon
safari
28 Jul 2019 | 01:45 PM
authorPTI

Being in and out of the side dents a player's self belief: Iyer

The stylish Mumbai batsman has been named in the T20I and ODI squads for the upcoming series against West Indies

heart

Share

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 their first play-offs in seven years, is getting ready for the upcoming limited overs series in the Caribbean having earned a recall after a disappointing World Cup snub. 

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,” Iyer 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 6 ODIs and an equal number of T20 Internationals. 

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

Iyer 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 Iyer, who is a practical sort of person, something that was reflected in his decision making during crunch IPL games. 

“I just kept myself positive and always in high spirits. It didn’t disturb me from inside at all. It was a dream to play the World Cup and I will play for sure in the future,” he added. 

An attacking player with a wide array of strokes in his repertoire, Iyer believes in not tinkering too much with his process as long as he knows that it wasn’t dearth of effort. “I have to believe in my process and I know I follow a certain pattern to score runs. I have to believe that I will be getting runs if I have a certain mindset and I know I will. 

“Self belief is the key to success and that has helped me. So I will put in all my efforts in the manner I know. If it works, it is great and if it doesn’t it’s still great as I know I have put in all my effort,” he exuded confidence. 

In his endeavour to seek constant improvement, Iyer is working on two specific strokes --- pull and sweep. “You have to always work on your batting as you are never perfect. I am working on my batting everyday and trying to perfect a few shots that will help me score all around the world. 

“Pull and sweep are two shots which can help me score runs outside India. These are two shots that can immediately put pressure back on bowlers,” Iyer reasoned. 

His comeback has happened after a successful ‘A’ one-day series, where his half-centuries were instrumental in two of the four victories recorded by India A. “The A tour has always given me an opportunity to prove myself in the higher league as this is the stepping stone. I was in West Indies for the List A series and I had an idea of how the pitches play and also it’s so hot out there that you need to keep yourself hydrated. 

“These are little things that you learn as you start playing,” he signed off.

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
Shreyas IyerIndiaIndia in West Indies

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Feel overwhelmed that Australia are coming up with a plan against me: Iyer
osh Hazlewood got Iyer into a tangle with a well-directed bouncer in the first ODI while he gave a better account of himself in the second game
userPTI
01 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
Qualifying for maiden IPL final is best ever feeling: Shreyas Iyer
Iyer said it was team's collective effort that carried them
userPTI
08 Nov 2020
safari
NEWS
MI one of the best teams but DC are fearless: Iyer
Delhi Capitals earned a top-two finish with an easy six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore
userPTI
03 Nov 2020
safari
NEWS
I think I have sealed the No 4 position: Shreyas Iyer
The 25-year-old was a revelation on the New Zealand tour earlier this year when he ended up being the top run-getter with one century and two half-centuries in India's 3-0 series whitewash
userPTI
09 Jun 2020
safari
NEWS
Learnt art of chasing by watching Virat Kohli bat: Shreyas Iyer
India's No.4 batsman has played crucial knocks in both the T20Is against New Zealand so far
userPTI
26 Jan 2020
safari
NEWS
In current situation, you should be ready to bat anywhere: Iyer
Iyer was pushed to number five in the first ODI against Australia after Kohli opted to bat at four
userPTI
16 Jan 2020
safari
NEWS
Never took responsibility initially, but I know my game really well now: Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer gave a sneak peek into his batting mindset
userPTI
21 Dec 2019
safari
NEWS
Got heads up from team management that I am designated No. 4, says Iyer
Iyer smashed 62 off 33 balls in the series decider against Bangladesh
userPTI
11 Nov 2019
safari
NEWS
Confident Iyer hopes for consistent run in Indian team
Sunil Gavaskar was impressed by Iyer's 71 and backed the youngster to get a permanent slot at No. 4 in ODIs
userPTI
12 Aug 2019
safari
NEWS
Iyer flexible about batting position
Mumbai batsman says he is eager to utilise any chances he gets
userPTI
11 Aug 2019
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved