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Shreyas Iyer to continue playing his natural game

By Saurabh Malhotra -

Shreyas Iyer is a name that has been closely followed by fans and cricket experts over the last couple of seasons. He arrived with a bang in his maiden season and continued to score heavily in his second season too for Mumbai. After fetching a contract with Delhi Daredevils at a handsome price, he also repaid the faith by scoring plenty of runs in the 2015 season. However 2016 has been a mixed year for Shreyas after a promising season. It's not that he hasn't scored but that consistency has been missing which he is looking for.

There has been some doubts about him being one dimensional and not defending enough, which is a important skill at the international level. Shreyas himself has tried to address the technical aspect of his game and though the results haven't been as good, he is still learning and hopes to improve as he finds out his game.

In a interview with The Hindu on the eve of Ranji Trophy semi-final, Shreyas said, “Everyone used to say that I was playing a lot of shots. This year, I was really focusing on defending, which I have done quite well. I am leaving a few balls, I have played more balls than in previous years, so there are positives also in that,”

“I heard it from all the coaches. The selectors also told me ‘you have to play a few more balls; you have to see to it that you carry on the innings; try to play as many balls as possible.’ I was trying to do that and it worked out well. Still figuring out shot selection.” he added.

Shreyas concluded saying, “I have been focusing more on my technique, which I shouldn’t at this moment. Right now, I have forgotten about that and am just going to play my natural game. And as I did last year, back my instincts and go with the flow. And play according to the situation.”