The captain of Delhi Daredevils, Shreyas Iyer had a terrific season with the bat in the 2018 IPL, despite his team’s poor performance.
Cricket news: Iyer is part of the Indian squad which will play the limited overs format in England tour
After ending the IPL season on a high note, the young Indian cricketer is all set to represent his nation and is desperate and eager to make every opportunity count that comes his way.
The 50-overs World Cup is all set to begin in 2019 in England, and all the teams who will participate in the prestigious competition are taking this year as the only opportunity to prepare their team.
All the teams will keep in mind to finalize their best squad and combination when they play their respective ODI matches all through this year.
Shreyas Iyer’s place in the team has been some sort of a temporary spot, as he finds himself in the squad whenever there is an injury or underperformance, and hence his career has been stop and start.
“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,” Iyer said talking about the World Cup as quoted by DNA.
The batsman who hails from Mumbai considers the upcoming England tour to be very critical as the 2019 World Cup will also be played in the very same country.
“I have also proved in the past that I belong to the highest level. Yes, it is going to be a great opportunity for me in England since the World Cup is going to be held there next year. My preparations have been throughout the year, it’s just time to go out and execute there,” Iyer added.
When he was asked about Gambhir’s decision to drop himself from the team, Iyer said that it was his personal choice.
He further added that with an experience such as Gambhir, who have won two IPL trophies with Kolkata, he is someone who is a go-to for a youngster like him for any decisions regarding pitch or team selection.
“See, we didn’t drop him. He decided to stay out. We all know that he gave up the captaincy. He said he wanted to give an opportunity to a young opener, thus, Prithvi (Shaw) came in and he started doing well. He (Gambhir) has won IPL twice, he has got tremendous experience,” Iyer said about how Gambhir’s decision is so important.
“So I would always go to him before the toss and ask him what he thinks about the wicket, how it will play and what does he think about the team etc. It wasn’t as if he was completely out of sight. He was involved in the team activities and discussions. And in taking certain decisions. He was there all the time. He backed me. I am grateful that he believed in me and supported me throughout the season,” Iyer concluded.