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Has BCCI Been Too Harsh On Shreyas Iyer?

| 30 days ago

Post his exclusion for the West Indies series, Shreyas Iyer not being included in the Australia and New Zealand tour as well has perhaps prompted us to wonder if BCCI has been too harsh on Mumbai’s stalwart batsman Shreyas Iyer.

Shreyas Iyer, who has been short of emotions lately, went to pieces after hearing about his non-inclusion in the squad for the New Zealand tour. 

“I don’t feel anything from the inside these days. Koi feeling hi nahi aa raha hai. For me somehow it (fussing about Indian call) isn’t important. I am emotionless now. Someone comes and says, I am in team, I am not in team, kuch farak nahi padhta (it doesn’t matter much),” Shreyas told Indian Express. 

Having made his first-class debut in 2014 during 2014-2015 Ranji Trophy, Iyer has been one of the highest run-getters amongst all his allies in all these years without much luck in his favour. Such has been the struggle for every Indian cricketer to earn a selection for the national side.  

The 24-year-old batsman scored 809 runs in his debut Ranji session with a healthy average of 50.56, while in the year 2015-16 he compiled 1321 runs at an average of 73.39. He was the top scorer of the Ranji Trophy that year. Even after not being picked until then, Shreyas kept on going, amassing 725 runs in the 2016-17 and 373 runs in seven matches in 2018-19. 

He made his ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka on 10 December 2017.So far, Shreyas Iyer has played six ODIs for team India, amassing 210 runs at an average of 42.09. 

Iyer who last played an ODI in February 2018 against South Africa was overlooked in the New Zealand tour as the Team management decided to go for Shubhman Gill ahead of him. 

Amidst all this, all Shreyas has been left with is to keep performing to literally smash the selectors’ door for earning a call-up.

"I can't say anything about selection. That's not in my hands. All I can do is to perform and I will continue to perform because I play for passion. Iyer told India Tv.

"There's a lot of competition these days and you have to keep scoring in every match no matter how worse the conditions are, how good or bad the wicket is, you have to give your best performance. This is the mindset I play with," he added.