Not Getting Picked for Senior India Team Affects My Performance: Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer, captain of the India A team, has said that the thought of not getting a place in the senior national side despite a consistent performance with the bat runs into his mind and at times, it even affects his performance.

Iyer, who has been a consistent performer with the bat in the domestic circuit, was picked for the national side to play shorter formats of the game. He last played for India during the five-match ODI series against South Africa in February this year.

Last year, he smashed 317 runs for India A against New Zealand A, including a highest score of 108. Three years ago, on the basis of good performance in domestic circuit, he had earned an IPL cap for Delhi Daredevils. And two seasons later, he was asked to lead the side.

“It is really tough to be patient. When you perform consistently, get runs and then don’t get into the (senior) team, it runs into your mind. And, when you face quality bowling at top level, your performance keeps fluctuating. So, you need to keep yourself focused and, as I said, it affects you at times,” Iyer said.

Speaking about captaincy, the 23-year-old said that he loves the job because it gets the best out of him and the team under pressure situations.

“I really love the captaincy role. Whenever I get this role (captaincy), my character and attitude totally changes, and I see to it that I try and get the best out of myself as well as the team in pressure situations,” said Iyer who led India A to a 1-0 unofficial Test series win over South Africa A in Bengaluru.