Looking Back: When father took 16-year-old Shreyas Iyer to sports psychologist

Santosh Iyer is one such father, who understood that his 16-year-old son Shreyas needed counselling more than scolding as he felt vulnerable due to a bad patch during his junior days.

Press Trust of India, Apr 06, 2020 17:35:51 IST

Pushy parents tend to cause more harm than good to their children, enduring torrid times, but a few receptive ones dig deep looking for reasons behind the falling performance of their wards.

Santosh Iyer is one such father, who understood that his 16-year-old son Shreyas needed counselling more than scolding as he felt vulnerable due to a bad patch during his junior days.

Looking Back: When father took 16-year-old Shreyas Iyer to sports psychologist

File image of Shreyas Iyer. PTI

In Cricbuzz's latest show 'Spicy Pitch', Iyer senior recalled how his son, now a regular number four batsman in India's white-ball teams, went through tough times.

"When Shreyas was 4 years old, we played cricket in the house with a plastic ball. Even then, he was middling the ball in a manner that convinced me that the boy had real talent. So, we did everything in our power to make sure he can fulfill his potential," Santosh said.

It was during his Mumbai U-16 days that Iyer's performance dipped and one coach attributed it to lack of focus which worried the father.

"When one coach told me that your son has talent, but he has lost focus along the way, I got a little worried. I thought he has either fallen in love or got mixed up in the wrong crowd (keeping bad company)!"

It was good eight or nine years back when mental health was not given much importance.

During these phases, the normal instinct for any parent is to admonish their children but Iyer decided to take his son to a sports psychologist.

"Eventually, I was told that there was nothing to worry. Like most other cricketers, Shreyas was simply going through a rough patch. And sure enough, he soon recovered his form and has never looked back."

Iyer has scored 748 runs in 18 ODIs with an average close to 50 with one hundred and eight half-centuries. In 22 T20Is, he has 417 runs at an average of 27 plus and a strike rate of 129.50.

Updated Date: Apr 06, 2020 17:35:51 IST



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