Yonug Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer has expressed his disappointment for not being in the Indian squad for the upcoming tours. However, the right-hander has said that he would use the latest setback as a motivation and would work hard.
India are scheduled to play limited-over series with Zimbabwe, followed by a Test series against the West Indies.
“Obviously I am a bit disappointed, but you know my job is to keep performing well, just keep scoring runs. It (non-selection) can be a positive (as) it will keep motivating me as a youngster and I will keep working hard, working on my mindset and everything,” Shreyas told PTI after he bagged the Domestic Cricketer of the Year award at a ceremony held here.
The right-handed batsman said his focus was solely on his game and not on selection.
“I will keep performing unless I get into the team. I just want to focus on my game and not on selection or anything,” he said.
Iyer had a brilliant domestic season in 2015-16 as he amassed 1321 runs at an average of 73.38, including a century in the final, to help Mumbai storm to their 41st title.
On his Ranji success, Shreyas said, “I was just backing my instincts and just playing positive cricket. We had good atmosphere in the team. When I was scoring and even when I was not scoring, all were backing me, so when you get that atmosphere, everything goes well.”
Bought by Delhi Daredevils at the 2015 IPL auction for a whopping INR 2.6 crore, he took the IPL by storm in his first season. Opening the batting, he aggregated 439 runs from 14 matches and went to win the IPL emerging player of the year award. But he failed to replicate the form this season as he could score only 30 runs from 6 outings.
“It was just a bad patch I would say because I stuck to my process, everything I was doing well. I tried to maintain myself throughout the season. Even when I wasn’t playing, I made sure I helped the team.