The Mumbai-based batsman Shreyas Iyer revealed the upcoming 2019 World Cup is his major point of motivation to represent the Indian National Cricket Team. The promising top-order batsman is looking forward to proving his credentials at the mega platform. Iyer added if given opportunity he will take it with both hands.
“Definitely, I would love to be a part of the team for the 2019 World Cup. That’s the biggest motivation,” Iyer told IndiaTV.
Interestingly, recently Iyer was not considered for the limited-overs series against Australia and the Black Caps respectively. He last featured in the day-long format while donning the national colours on February 16, 2018, against South Africa National Cricket Team at Centurion.
My job is to perform: Iyer
The 24-year-old passionate right-handed batsman Iyer further made it clear that his job is to perform. Iyer remarked he couldn’t control anything about the selection as it is not in his hands.
“I can’t say anything about selection. That’s not in my hands. All I can do is to perform, and I will continue to perform because I play for passion,” Iyer maintained.
It the recent past Iyer has also expressed the disappointment with the way things have had panned out for the young bloke. But he has often backed himself—to make a strong return with his notable performances, particularly in the domestic circuit.
So far, Iyer has represented Team India in six One-day Internationals and as many Twenty20 Internationals his debut on November 1, 2017, against New Zealand at Delhi.
Iyer aims to excel with his performance:
However, Iyer did not rule out the healthy competition within the circles.
“There’s a lot of competition these days, and you have to keep scoring in every match,” Iyer further added.
Also, adamant in approach, Iyer has set the primary goal to give his best while scoring runs on any given conditions.
“No matter how worse the conditions are, how good or bad the wicket is, you have to give your best performance. This is the mindset I play with,” Iyer said.
Iyer, who had a great outing in the First-class cricket, has two half-centuries in the day-long format.
Kohli is a big motivation: Iyer
Apart from setting the sights on the national call-up, Iyer has heaped praise on Team India skipper Virat Kohli. Iyer reiterated the 30-year-old batting sensation is a huge inspiration for the youngsters.
In conclusion, Iyer believes one could learn a lot while watching Kohli bat.
“Virat Kohli is playing at a different level. You can’t really compare him with anybody at the moment. He is a big motivation for all of us. There’s always so much to learn by just watching him play,” concludes Iyer.
However, it would be interesting to see whether Iyer makes the final cut for the Virat Kohli-led Team India—to play the quadrennial competition in England or not.