India vs New Zealand: Shreyas Iyer not losing sleep over India spot; says 'my job is to keep performing'

Iyer, who will captain the Board President's XI against New Zealand in the warm-up games in Mumbai, made it clear that his job was to keep performing.

PTI, Oct, 16 2017

Mumbai: He has been on the fringes of the Indian team for quite some time now with his prolific performances, but Shreyas Iyer is not yet ready to lose his sleep over not getting a chance since his last-minute inclusion in the squad for the Dharamshala Test against Australia earlier this year.

Iyer, who will captain the Board President's XI against New Zealand in the warm-up games in Mumbai, made it clear that his job was to keep performing.

File photo of Shreyas Iyer. AFP

File photo of Shreyas Iyer. AFP

"As I told you before, my job is to keep performing. I won't be thinking what the selectors are thinking," Iyer said when asked if Tuesday's game was an opportunity to impress the selectors.

"When you have runs backing you up, you can go in with full confidence. When you get a good start again in a new game, you want to ensure that you convert them into big scores. But whatever runs I have scored is past now. Tomorrow is a new day and I am looking forward to it," the 22-year-old batsman added.

Iyer has scored heavily in the Ranji Trophy in the past seasons. He even notched up a double hundred against Australia for India A earlier this year. Still he is knocking the doors to enter the Indian team.

Asked if he was frustrated on not been picked for India, Iyer was blunt in his reply saying he did not wish to speak about it.

"No, I am tired of this question, to be honest. I wouldn't like to reply at all. I think I have given all my answers previously. Again and again, I don't want to talk over it," he sounded irritated.

"My motivation is enjoying cricket, and that's what I do. I love playing cricket. It's my passion. I love to score in every match, and that's what my aim is every time I go to the ground," the Mumbai-batsman said.

On Tuesday's game, Iyer said it was an important game for them as much as it was for the opposition, even though it was only a warm-up encounter.

"We youngsters treat this game as an opportunity for us. We will try to give our best," he added.

Published Date: Oct 16, 2017 | Updated Date: Oct 16, 2017




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