IPL 2019: Selectors Feel There Are Better Players, but That’s Not What I Think – Shreyas Iyer

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While India have spread the net far and wide to find the ideal candidate for the number four spot in their batting order, it is still anyone’s guess who will be playing in that position come June 5 when they take on South Africa in their opening game of the World Cup. The likes of KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik have been given a go and there has even been talk that captain Virat Kohli could bat in that spot to ensure better balance. However, one player who could rightfully feel a bit hard done by to have not been given much of a chance to stake his claim is Shreyas Iyer.
In the six ODIs Iyer has played so far, he has scores of 9, 88, 65, 18 and 30 and he did not bat in one game. He batted at No.3 for the first three ODIs when Kohli was rested. He was tried out in South Africa at the No.5 position where he looked solid in the two chances though he failed to make a big score. However, it has now been over a year since his last appearance for India in an ODI and it has left the 24-year old wondering why he has not appeared on the radar of the selectors or the team management.
“Selectors feel there are players better than me but that’s not what I think,” Iyer said. “Every individual will get an opportunity, they have told me to keep performing and that’s what I am doing for the past few years.”Over the last couple of years, Iyer has been one of the most dominant batsmen on the domestic circuit and also made plenty of runs for India A. Since 2016, Iyer averages 42.59 in 55 matches, aggregating 2087 runs 12 half-centuries and four hundreds. However, with a World Cup call-up now all but out of question, Iyer has turned his entire attention to winning the IPL with Delhi Capitals, an underperforming franchise that he will be leading this year. His coach Ricky Ponting recently said in an interview that India might have missed a trick by not giving Iyer a chance at the No.4 spot, but Iyer has learnt to take the situation in his stride.
“I have been performing well so right now I am not thinking about it (World Cup spot), my focus is on the IPL.