Shreyas Iyer Explodes On T20 World Cup Snub!! Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid, Chetan Sharma On His Radar?
Team India player Shreyas Iyer voiced his displeasure at not being selected for the nation’s squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022. The Mumbai-born athlete’s only other teammates on the squad sheet were Ravi Bishnoi and Mohammed Siraj. He was also not included on the official roster for the 2021 T20 World Cup.
The middle-order players Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, and Dinesh Karthik were chosen over the right-handed batsman.
Iyer participated in eight T20 Internationals in 2022, averaging 35.62 and striking out at a rate of 141.16, but that wasn’t good enough to secure him a spot. He made a successful start to 2022 by defeating Sri Lanka in a three-match bilateral series and taking home the player of the series prize.
Due to a recent decline in play, which includes poor sets of series against South Africa and the West Indies, he was once again left off the team for the significant tournament.
Getting Break And Playing Domestic Cricket Gave Me More Time To Elevate My Skills: Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer admitted in an exclusive interview with the Hindustan Times that he was disappointed that he was passed up for the position:
“It was disappointing. It is something that you dream as a kid, to represent your country at the biggest stage. Winning it for the team is also something which gives you the chills.
“But it was not that I was completely demotivated. I didn’t let that get into my mind. I was just doing my things right. I focused on myself. I took a break, went and played domestic cricket. It gave me more time to elevate my skills.”
His T20I numbers in the away series against New Zealand following the World Cup fell short of expectations. But in the other two forms, he has flourished, taking over the middle order just in time for the crucial ICC events in 2023. Iyer explained how he benefits from both the rivalry on the field and the criticism from those beyond the road:
“The talk that goes on outside tends to motivate me, get the best out of me. The more people talk about me, I listen to it and soak in the pressure. I tell myself I need to prove them wrong. That’s how I approach whenever I bat in the nets, or in the match. It acts as a kind of motivation.
“Even when I am playing against opposition who are chirping, I like to give it back because I feel it gets my rhythm going; it lifts me, makes me focus a lot.”
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The hitter, who was born in Mumbai, will make his subsequent appearance in the upcoming three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, which gets underway on January 10. He took a break after the Bangladesh tour was over and wasn’t selected for the T20I series against Dasun Shanaka’s team.
My Eventual Goal Is Also To Play In The World Cup, Along With The WTC final: Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer had a historic year in 2022 when he overcame other players to become India’s leading run-scorer over the previous 12 months, but he might go even farther by taking part in his first ICC event. India may be eligible to play in the World Test Championship if they win a series against Australia in March (WTC).
Iyer may secure the No. 4 place in ODIs if he continues his outstanding play and is chosen for the 2023 ODI World Cup team.
Iyer declared that he intends to represent India in both important ICC tournaments in 2023.
“Definitely, it is going to be big. It’s not far away. I will have to see that I perform consistently to get my place. My eventual goal is also to play in the World Cup, along with the WTC final. I’d like to keep doing my preparations right to see to it that I achieve whatever I plan.”
The WTC rankings now place India below Australia. They still have four home Test matches in February and March against the Pat Cummins-led team before the IPL 2023. Due to the fact that they would be the hosts in ten months, Team India has secured a spot in the ODI World Cup.