Cuttack: Shreyas Iyer on Saturday said he was flamboyant but not responsible in the beginning of his career, a far cry from the present day matured man who is displaying both in equal measure while solving India's number four conundrum.
The 25-year-old is gradually settling into the critical number four position in a team that has struggled to find one for the longest time.
The Mumbaikar showed his worth with half centuries in the first two One-day Internationals against the West Indies.
"I think that comes with maturity and responsibility. I was a flamboyant player when I started playing first-class cricket. I never used to take responsibility. I just used to back my instincts and go with the flow," Iyer told reporters on the eve of the series-deciding third ODI.
"Lately, I've realised that once you play at the highest level, you got to take that maturity to another stage. I can even play strokes and I can even nudge the ball and take single, so I know my game really well right now and I can play accordingly.
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The series, which begins with the first match in Dhaka on 20 January, marks the return of international cricket to Bangladesh after a COVID-19 disruption.
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