Shreyas Iyer now seems to have cemented his place in the Indian ODI squad for the number four position. India has now been in a long find for the number four spot owing to the limited-overs cricket. It has been a state of worry for Team India for a very long time now.
This issue even cost India the 2019 World Cup as they lost to the Kiwis in the semi-final after a batting collapse. Iyer now proves to be the Mr Dependable for the Men in Blue. The New Zealand tour has been a great one for him. He has cemented his place as a regular number four for his side after displaying staggering performances.
Having scored a century in the first game, he has smashed back-to-back half-centuries for India. But, his performance was not enough for Team India to beat the Kiwis in the 50-over format as the Men in Blue lost a first bilateral series since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
However, Iyer has now revealed the steps he took to make it into the Indian team once again and cement his place like never before.
Shreyas Iyer Reveals What He Did To Comeback In Indian Team
Speaking to Cricbuzz on an episode of Spicy Pitch, Iyer talked about his frustrations of not being selected and what changes he had to make to get into recognition.
“When I scored 1300 runs in the 2nd (domestic) season, I wasn’t picked in India team, where I was expected to be picked. I could see other players being selected and going beyond me, even though their performance wasn’t as great as me,” he recalled.
“I felt I should go and ask the selectors what’s wrong in me. So, I went and asked, they said, ‘you’re over aggressive player. At the highest level, if someone bowls a good bowl to you, you won’t be able to survive at that stage’. So, I thought, ‘let’s play the way they want you to, and try and see how it helps. So, I realised, if I stay longer, if I take some time… after that I became more consistent’,” he added.
Iyer Has Had An Incredible Past Couple Of Years In The IPL
Shreyas Iyer’s stint with the franchise has been amazing in the past couple of years. Iyer was promoted as the captain of the Delhi Capitals midseason in 2018 after Gautam Gambhir stepped down as skipper and he has since not looked back. Iyer stamped his authority as a captain as he led Delhi Capitals to the playoffs last year for the first time in seven years.
.However, IPL 2020 still looks on the verge of being suspended as the situation in India due to the coronavirus pandemic is worsening with days passing by. If IPL 2020 takes place, it will be interesting to see as to how Shreyas Iyer performs with the Delhi franchise as he’ll have a herculean task of leading a team full of captains.