Shreya Iyer, who played for India in the One Day Internationals (ODI) game in February this year, said on Friday that he is not bothered about not being included in the senior team.
“I am emotionless now. I don’t feel anything from the inside these days,” Iyer told The Indian Express. “For me somehow it isn’t important. Someone comes and says, I am in team, I am not in team, it doesn’t matter much,” Iyer said.
Iyer has scored 210 runs at an average of 42.00 in the six ODIs that he has played for India complemented with two half-centuries.
Speaking about his exclusion from the Indian squad, Iyer said he stopped caring after he was not selected for the West Indies home series. Iyer also termed the selection as a “temporary thing”.
“I have stopped thinking too much. It all started against the West Indies. I told myself that I want to enjoy my life. I don’t want selection issues to rule my happiness. Otherwise I would get frustrated and thinking about the future will ruin my present also. It’s better to enjoy life – selection is a temporary thing,” he said.
Shreyas Iyer is one of the most consistent performers in domestic cricket. The Mumbai batsman has scored 809, 1321 and 725 runs in the last three Ranji Trophy seasons. Iyer will also lead Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Capitals in the upcoming season of IPL. Iyer was also part of India A squad that travelled to New Zealand recently. After his return from New Zealand, Iyer had scored 178 runs in Ranji for Mumbai.
“I was in New Zealand when Mumbai asked me whether I can play next game because if Mumbai wants to go to the knock-out stage, we need to win all games. How can I say no to Mumbai?” Iyer said.
Iyer further said that the busy schedule often takes a toll on his body as he is a human and not a machine.
“Body is completely tired, I am fatigued mentally. But no one is going to say take rest, Kisi ko farak pada nahi hai kuch (no one cares),” Iyer said.
“Yes. We are not machines… There is no one to tell that players don’t get adequate rest. We are playing non-stop for two years. I am out of home for 300 days. Even if am in India, I am not home,” Shreyas concluded.