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Shreyas Iyer: Dhoni advised me to avoid reading newspaper

Shreyas Iyer confessed that former skipper MS Dhoni advised him to avoid reading newspaper in order to stay focused.


Young Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer on Saturday (28th July) confessed that former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni advised him to avoid reading newspaper in order to stay focused.

Speaking at the season one finale of ‘Open House with Renil’ talk-show on zoOM, Shreyas talked about the advice he had received from his dear ones after entering the media-frenzy world of cricket, according to a release on Saturday.

“After I joined the Indian cricket team, MS Dhoni advised me that I need to avoid reading the newspapers and should try to stay away from social media as much as possible,” the 23-year-old right-hander from Mumbai said.

“Social media has become a big part of our lives and I try to manage it well but it’s the criticism that motivates me and keeps me going.”

Adding further on how he handled the attention he receives from his fans, Shreyas recalled how a girl’s behaviour, whom he knew, changed after the news on him being picked in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction was out.

He shared: “Soon after the auction news was out, this girl whom I knew started messaging me. On confronting her as to why she is desperately trying to reach out, I got to know that she was doing so because she was happy for me.

“That’s when I understood that rather than getting to know me, she was behind the money.”

Tune in to ‘Open House with Renil’ on Sunday, July 29 at 7 p.m. on zoOM styled by Myntra to get a peek into Iyer’s life.

-With IANS inputs.