24-year-old Shreyas Iyer made his debut for India in 2017. Since then, the cricketer has played mere six ODIs and as many T20Is. He has been scoring runs at will in the domestic circuit and has shown glimpses of his leadership quality in the Indian Premier League, where the youngster leads Delhi Capitals.
Iyer’s start-and-stop international career has been a talking point
In the absence of skipper Virat Kohli, Iyer was rewarded as the make-shift No.3. But soon after, during the clash against South Africa, he was demoted to No.5. The Mumbai-based cricketer responded to the crisis and hit two fifties. He was later on snubbed and KL Rahul got a look-in instead in England.
According to the stylish batter, once picked, a cricketer should be given a long rope. Chopping and changing the XI has been Kohli’s way of going about things as we have witnessed in the past. But Iyer feels stability is the key.
If you are a great talent, you need time: Iyer
“In case you are really good talent, then you need a certain amount of chances to prove yourself and get acclimatized to the conditions. Let’s say 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,” Shreyas Iyer told PTI.
Recently, we came across the case of Ambati Rayudu. The team management- including Kohli backed Rayudu for the No.4 spot and the batter did score runs in trying conditions. But Rayudu was dropped ahead of the World Cup and all-rounder Vijay Shankar was picked. Shankar didn’t perform exceptionally well and a toe injury ruled him out mid-way into the tournament. His replacement-Rishabh Pant, too, failed to make an impact in the limited opportunities provided.
Rayudu eventually didn’t see a future with the national team and hence announced his retirement. Now, with India set to play a series of T20Is, Tests and ODIs; Iyer along with Manish Pandey have been picked to ease the middle-order headache.
“You tend to lose patience but the selection is not in your hands. All you can do is perform, perform and perform and that is what I enjoy doing. 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,” an optimistic Iyer added.