Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer is disappointed having to wait for India call-up (Getty Images)

Shreyas Iyer has been one of the consistent performers in Indian domestic circuit. A cursory glance at his first-class record is enough to prove his ability – an average of 53.46 with 4117 runs and 11 centuries.

Recently, he captained India A in the two unofficial Tests against the visiting and South Africa A squad. India A won the series 1-0 with Iyer scoring a half-century in the drawn second game. He also led the India A squad that was in England for a tri-series also involving England Lions and West Indies A.

However, despite his rapid rise, the international call-ups have been hard to come by. And he has made no secret of his disappointment. “It’s really tough to be patient,” Iyer was quoted as saying by the Mid-day on Tuesday. “When you perform consistently, get runs and then don’t get into the (senior) team, it runs into your mind. The same thing happened to me two years ago.”

So far, Iyer has played in six ODIs and as many T20Is for India. He points out that the constant shuttling between the senior and domestic teams has affected his recent performances.

“You just need to balance it out a bit. When you go to the top level, face good bowling and then come a level down, your performance keeps fluctuating because you are not in one place consistently. So, you need to keep yourself focused, and as I said, it affects you at times,” he said.

There is a silver lining. Iyer has been captaining India A for some time and earlier this year, took over the captaincy of IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils from Gautam Gambhir.

He enjoys the challenge the leadership role brings with it, saying the responsibility changes the mindset completely. “I really love the captaincy role. You have that power to do something on the field and players also like it when they are given an opportunity to do something. Sometimes I get to hear from them as well and appreciate that opportunity. 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,” he said.