Young right-handed batsman Shreyas Iyer is doing everything one can do to get into the Indian team. He has been performing consistently in the domestic circuit. In the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy he scored 484 runs.
The runs came at an average of 60.5 and an impressive strike-rate of 152.50. During the tournament he scored two centuries which included a 55-ball 147 against Sikkim. That was the highest score by any Indian in the shortest format.
However these hasn’t proved fruitful as Iyer hasn’t got a recall from the national team. So far Shreyas has played just 6 ODIs where he played knocks of 88 and 65. But he was dropped and played his last ODI back in February last year.
Iyer will next feature for Delhi Capitals in the upcoming IPL. He feels that he hasn’t got enough chances to showcase his potential. In a recent interview with The Times of India (TOI), Shreyas revealed:
Yeah, I felt that way. If there was some other player in place of me, he would have also felt disappointed. Your eventual goal is to play for your country. I was disappointed when I was dropped and didn’t get fair enough chances. But when you look at the TV and see your team winning, it gives a lot of satisfaction. That is more important.
Iyer was named for the T20I series against the Windies and Australia. However he didn’t get a single game to play. Meanwhile the selectors surprisingly dropped him for the ODI series against Australia and New Zealand.
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Can Iyer be India’s No. 4 batsman?
Shreyas feels he can bat at any position if given an opportunity. “I back myself at any number. Just waiting for my chance,” he said. “I am doing really well in every tournament. I am enjoying my cricket and not thinking about the selection process. Selection is not in my hands. My job is to perform and I’m doing that. Anything can happen (in the future), you can get a random call from the selectors that you’ve been selected for the World Cup.”
Recently former Aussie and head coach of Delhi Capitals, Ricky Ponting said that India should try Shreyas at No, 4 position. Almost all the option for the No. 4 spot has backfired. Ponting feels that Iyer could be the man for that spot.
“They tried a few even during the recent Australia series. Rayudu was there, Rishabh, Shankar. They could have also have tried Shreyas Iyer. He is a very good player. He has had a great domestic season. I am excited to catch up with him. It’s an interesting conundrum; maybe, they can fit in KL Rahul in that spot,” Ricky Ponting was quoted as saying in an interview.