Ahead of India's tour of West Indies which is scheduled to begin from next week, youngster Shreyas Iyer had expressed his confidence in playing for the senior team after completing a successful series win over the West Indies A side. The batsman said that consistency was the key to sealing a long-term spot in the national side.
Indian analyst and commentator Harsha Bhogle lauded the youngster's approach towards the game and his belief about consistency. Bhogle vouched for Iyer to get a chance to bat the controversial number four position which has been a talking point since the beginning of the World Cup.
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Having stacked up consistent performances at the domestic and A level, Iyer said that at times one tends to lose patience but the only mantra is to perform.
"Yes, you tend to lose patience but selection is not in your hands. All you can do is perform, perform and perform and that's what I enjoy doing," he said when asked about times when someone is repeatedly ignored. 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," Iyer, who enjoys 50 plus average (52.18) over 54 first-class games and a healthy 42.93 in List A matches, said.
He is confident that he will certainly play a World Cup in the future even as the 2019 exclusion rankles him.
"Yes, there was a lot of buzz about me before the World Cup selection because I was consistent and aware of the hard work and smart work that I had put in. It will definitely reap benefits and help me in the future when I play for India," he said.
In his endeavor to seek constant improvement, Iyer is working on two specific strokes - pull and sweep.
"You have to always work on your batting as you are never perfect. I am working on my batting every day and trying to perfect a few shots that will help me score all around the world. Pull and sweep are two shots which can help me score runs outside India. These are two shots that can immediately put pressure back on bowlers," Iyer reasoned.
His comeback has happened after a successful 'A' one-day series, where his half-centuries were instrumental in two of the four victories recorded by India A.
"The A tour has always given me an opportunity to prove myself in the higher league as this is the stepping stone. I was in West Indies for the List A series and I had an idea of how the pitches play and also it's so hot out there that you need to keep yourself hydrated. These are little things that you learn as you start playing," he signed off.