Shreyas Iyer Reveals How Rahul Dravid Reacted After Seeing His Batting For First Time
Indian cricketer Shreyas Iyer has recently shared the experience when the legendary Indian batsman Rahul Dravid saw him for the first time to bat in a game. Iyer’s initial impression was not much impressive to Dravid.
The 25-year-old Shreyas Iyer has impressed with his batting skills in his early international career. After making his international debut in late 2017, Iyer has already played 18 ODIs and 22 T20Is where the right-handed batsman has scored 748 runs (average 49.86) and 417 runs (average 27.80). In recent time, he has performed consistently and fixed his spot the no.4 batting position in Indian limited-overs side.
Talking about his batting approach, Iyer pointed out the importance of his quality along with the mentality. He is confident enough about his batting as he doesn’t think what others feel about him.
Iyer told Cricbuzz on Spicy Pitch, “Some of it is natural and some of it is mental as well. Both go 50/50. You have to be mentally very strong, when you play at the highest level. You have to believe in yourself, and you have to be positive at that stage. Yes, I think at that time, I was really confident about the way that I used to approach my innings, and my body language used to say it. But people used to think I was very lazy and lethargic, but I never thought about what they would think about me, I just backed myself, and I just used to do the things the way I liked to.”
Rahul Dravid didn’t like Shreyas Iyer’s batting approach
Shreyas Iyer also revealed how Rahul Dravid wasn’t impressed with his batting approach in the first meeting. At that time, Dravid was the coach of India A where Iyer was playing. It was the four-day first-class game where Dravid first time shaw Iyer’s batting in a match.
During the final over of the first day of that game, Iyer stepped out against a flighted delivery and hit a sixer. However, Dravid and some others in the dressing room were not much impressed with that batting approach as mostly batsmen prefer to play safely in the final over of the day.
Iyer said, “It was a four-day match and Rahul Dravid was seeing me for the first time. It was first day’s last over. I was batting on 30 or something, so everyone thought [that since] it is the last over I’ll play out the over, I’ll play it carefully and finish it. Rahul Dravid sir was sitting inside. He [the bowler] bowled a flighted delivery, so I stepped out and hit it in the air. It went high up in the air and it was a six. Everyone in the dressing room came out running, they were looking up, and thinking who plays the last over like this.
“That day he [Rahul Dravid] judged me for how I am. He came to me and he was like “Boss! What is this? [It is the] day’s last over and you’re doing this?”
However, he is now a very responsible cricketer who has performed consistently in international cricket in recent times.
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