Iyer, who will be leading the rechristened Delhi franchise in the IPL, Delhi Capitals, is also aiming to lead his team to an IPL trophy
Iyer, who will be leading the rechristened Delhi franchise in the IPL, Delhi Capitals, is also aiming to lead his team to an IPL trophy

When Shreyas Iyer was handed his debut ODI cap in 2017, it looked certain that the young Mumbaikar will very much be in India’s plan for the 2019 World Cup, but now with roughly a month to go to the marquee event, the 24-year-old finds himself out of the selectors radar. (ALSO READ: Iyer slams second century, Mumbai thrash MP by 8 wickets)

He had done well in his maiden series scoring 88 and 65 after managing just nine in his debut innings against Sri Lanka at home. But in the following series against South Africa he could muster 48 runs in two innings, and that was the last time he was part of the Indian XI. (ALSO READ: Shreyas Iyer’s six-filled 147 beats Rishabh Pant’s Indian T20 record)

Iyer though kept pushing his case with good performances for India A and is back in the limelight with two centuries in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 and leads the run charts with one more league round to go.

However, Iyer isn’t thinking of an Indian recall as of yet, and is concentrating on his performance.

“It is all past,” Iyer told Sportstar on the sidelines of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournament. “I just want to forget it and concentrate on my cricket and perform.”

Iyer, who will be leading the rechristened Delhi franchise in the IPL, Delhi Capitals, is also aiming to lead his team to an IPL trophy and believes his experience of leading the side last season has improved him as a player.

“You become mature and you start taking responsibility as an individual. Other players also look up to you as captain and they start respecting you,” Iyer said of captaincy. “ think I have improved a lot as a batsman and I have realised my strengths and weaknesses. I try to learn as much as possible from everywhere I play. All these things have really helped me as a captain.”

Delhi as a franchise have never made it to the finals of the IPL, but Iyer said if that could all change this year.

“In the last season, we were relentless in the second half. We knew we had to win all games from there. Our approach had changed and I had also taken up the leadership role. Our thought process was to win every game. If we carry the same momentum right from the first match this season and can be consistent, it can help us qualify to the playoffs,” he added.