Shreyas Iyer, who has been included in India's limited overs squad for the West Indies tour, thinks that a good talent needs a certain number of chances to prove himself. The 24-year-old batsman, despite performing consistently at the domestic level, has only played six One Day Internationals and as many T20 Internationals and feels "getting in and out of the team doesn't create a good pattern". Along with his batting skills, Shreyas Iyer has also impressed everyone with his leadership skills as he led Delhi Capitals, his Indian Premier League Franchise, to the play-offs for the first time in seven years.
"If you are really a good talent, then you need a certain amount of chances to prove yourself and get acclimatised to the conditions," Iyer told PTI in an exclusive interview.
"If you keep coming in and going out (of the team), it doesn't really set a good pattern for one's self and you start disbelieving yourself. If you are a great talent, then you need some time," he added.
Having stacked up consistent performances at the domestic and A level, Iyer said that at times one tends to lose patience but the only mantra is to perform.
"Yes, you tend to lose patience but selection is not in your hands. All you can do is perform, perform and perform and that's what I enjoy doing," he said when asked about times when someone is repeatedly ignored.
"You have to keep performing and keep showing people that you are capable of playing at the higher league. Once you get that sniff, you never look back," Iyer, who enjoys 50 plus average (52.18) over 54 first-class games and a healthy 42.93 in List A matches, said.
He is confident that he will certainly play a World Cup in future even as the 2019 exclusion rankles him.
"Yes there was a lot of buzz about me before the World Cup selection because I was consistent and aware about the hardwork and smart work that I had put in. It will definitely reap benefits and help me in future when I play for India," he said.
Iyer fully understands that it was a specific team combination that was the reason he was being overlooked and hence he always remained in high spirits.
"It was difficult to not get selected. It was my dream to play the World Cup for my country. I know there are a few opportunities that I got but unfortunately the team combination was such that it didn't demand me to be there," said Iyer, who is a practical sort of person, something that was reflected in his decision making during crunch IPL games.
"I just kept myself positive and always in high spirits. It didn't disturb me from inside at all. It was a dream to play the World Cup and I will play for sure in the future," he added.
An attacking player with a wide array of strokes in his repertoire, Iyer believes in not tinkering too much with his process as long as he knows that it wasn't dearth of effort.
"I have to believe in my process and I know I follow a certain pattern to score runs. I have to believe that I will be getting runs if I have a certain mindset and I know I will.
"Self belief is the key to success and that has helped me. So I will put in all my efforts in the manner I know. If it works, it is great and if it doesn't it's still great as I know I have put in all my effort," he exuded confidence.
In his endeavour to seek constant improvement, Iyer is working on two specific strokes --- pull and sweep.
"You have to always work on your batting as you are never perfect. I am working on my batting everyday and trying to perfect a few shots that will help me score all around the world.
"Pull and sweep are two shots which can help me score runs outside India. These are two shots that can immediately put pressure back on bowlers," Iyer reasoned.
His comeback has happened after a successful 'A' one day series, where his half-centuries were instrumental in two of the four victories recorded by India A.
"The A tour has always given me an opportunity to prove myself in the higher league as this is the stepping stone. I was in West Indies for the List A series and I had an idea of how the pitches play and also it's so hot out there that you need to keep yourself hydrated.
"These are little things that you learn as you start playing," he signed off.
(With PTI inputs)