Shreyas Iyer feels he never struggled against the short ball

India National Team

India’s middle-order batter, Shreyas Iyer has recently given an explanation of his short-ball problem.

He feels that the problem is not the short ball but it was the way the bowlers were bowling.

Matthew Potts and James Anderson have got the better of Shreyas Iyer in the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston.

The problem soon became a huge concern for the BCCI when Shreyas could not improve.

That’s why he couldn’t make the cut for the T20 World Cup. However, Iyer feels that he doesn’t have any problem while facing the short ball.

Says Iyer,

Talking about the first innings at Edgbaston, it was a terrific delivery (off James Anderson) and it seamed after pitching and swung in the air. Any player would have got out to that one. In the second innings (off Matthew Potts), I tried to play the pull and was caught. In my mind, I never thought I struggled. About the noise that has been created outside, I like to turn a deaf ear to it and keep things simple. I love the line ignorance is bliss. That’s what I do.

Shreyas likes to learn from failures and setbacks

While the Kolkata Knight Riders skipper has done well in the white-ball format for India, the team management overlooked him for the T20 World Cup.

However, Shreyas feels that every setback has its positive side as well and he got to learn a lot from this.

He says,

I tell myself that it’s not the end of the world. You will get many chances. You must also realize that there will be opportunities to succeed in things even outside international cricket. Playing domestic cricket is a great way to share your experiences with other players and try and help them if you can.

Adding further, he says,

When I didn’t make the cut for the World Cup, it gave me a chance to work on myself, help Mumbai win the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and keep playing and keep learning. Yes, it is disappointing to miss out on playing ICC events, but I am someone who likes to learn from setbacks and failures.

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