I just keep myself motivated in all situations: Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer showed an exceptional command last night to inflict misery upon the Kiwi bowlers to take Team India to safety from a position of uncertainty. Despite India’s defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the series opener, the Men in Blue will be taking all heart from their resolute batting unit.
Iyer top scored for the Indian unit with a well-constructed 80 from just 76 balls. Riding high on a collective effort from the batters, the Men in Blue piled up a staggering 306 on the board, batting first.
Talking at the post-match conference, Shreyas Iyer opened up on his mindset and his approach to the opportunities that would be coming his way. He said, “My approach is always optimistic. I don't like thinking too much about the future. I concentrate on what's in my hands, which is training and as back-to-back games are happening, I want to ensure that my fitness level is very good. My mindset is to keep performing consistently and be in the present.”
He further added, “Players will keep coming and leaving, the consistency is going to matter. So that is my mindset now. Things keep changing, everyone's career sees ups and downs. So, I just keep myself motivated in all situations and I just turn a deaf ear when people are talking outside. I just try to be in my zone and that is what helps me.”
India will be hoping for Shreyas Iyer to fire again when they take on the Kiwis in the second ODI at the Seddon Park that is slated to be played on Sunday. India’s batting unit seems to be well-suited to the Kiwi conditions but it will be interesting to see how their bowling responds in a must-win game against the hosts.