Shreyas Iyer on Saturday said he was flamboyant but not responsible in the beginning of his career, a far cry from the present-day matured man who is displaying both in equal measure while solving India’s number four conundrum.

The 25-year-old is gradually settling into the critical number four position in a team that has struggled to find one for the longest time.

The Mumbaikar showed his worth with half-centuries in the first two One-day Internationals against the West Indies.

“I think that comes with maturity and responsibility. I was a flamboyant player when I started playing first-class cricket. I never used to take responsibility. I just used to back my instincts and go with the flow,” Iyer told reporters on the eve of the series-deciding third ODI in Cuttack.

“Lately, I’ve realised that once you play at the highest level, you got to take that maturity to another stage. I can even play strokes and I can even nudge the ball and take single, so I know my game really well right now and I can play accordingly,” he concluded.