India’s One-day International specialist batsman (as of now) Shreyas Iyer, in a recent interaction, claimed that he needs to be selfish in not throwing away his wicket.
Iyer had a dismal series against South Africa, after impressive performances against Sri Lanka at home.
The Mumbai-based batsman partnered Rohit Sharma during his third double ton in ODI cricket at their backyard.
During his partnership with Rohit, Iyer fell perilously close to his maiden ODI ton, in order to get some extra runs for the team.
“I realise that I need to be selfish at times as well as smart in decision-making and just not throw away my wicket. I realised it after some games,” Shreyas Iyer told DNA.
Adamant in approach Iyer aimed to play longer, in order to take his team home.
“I would really think hard about decision making and be patient at times. Trying to cut down risky shots at crucial situations and build up innings and bat till the end,” lamented Iyer.
During the mid-way stage of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Iyer was appointed as the captain of the Delhi Daredevils (DD) taking over from Gautam Gambhir, who stepped down from the captaincy post following a dismal show.
“I could have got hundred against Sri Lanka. Again, it’s part and parcel of the game, I was just backing myself,” Iyer further said.
Iyer formed a solid team combination by the end, to salvage some pride out of a disappointing campaign for the Daredevils.
The next step for Iyer is to perform during the challenging tour of England while eying a berth in the World Cup, next year, in the same conditions.
“I am looking forward to it. It will be a great challenge for me — not only to prove myself but also contribute something to the team,” the 23-year cricketer said.
Shreyas Iyer further made it clear by setting his premium goal to represent Indian in the coveted event.
“I am desperate, very desperate. It is my dream to play World Cup and next year it’s going to be in England. This (England ODI series) is going to be a platform where I am keen to prove myself that I am up for the big level,” he concluded.