‘What is this boss? ‘ was what Rahul Dravid requested Shreyas Iyer when he left the crease and smashed a six within the final over of a 4-day match, recalled the younger Mumbai batsman.
In his early days, he drew comparisons with Virender Sehwag for his flamboyance, however he revealed that it was not all the time appreciated.
“It was a 4-day match and Rahul Dravid was seeing me for the primary time. It was first day’s final over. I was batting on 30 or one thing, so everybody thought (that since) it’s the final over I’ll play out the over, I’ll play it fastidiously and end it.
“Rahul Dravid sir was sitting inside. The bowler bowled a flighted supply, so I stepped out and hit it within the air. It went excessive up within the air and it was a six. Everyone within the dressing room got here out working, they had been trying up, and considering who performs the final over like this,” Iyer was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
“That day he (Rahul Dravid) judged me for how I am. He came to me and he was like ‘Boss! What is this? (It is the) day’s last over and you’re doing this’? But later on, I started realising about what he was trying to say.” Of late, Iyer has executed effectively to cement his spot as India’s quantity 4 within the restricted-overs codecs.
He was criticised for recklessness earlier than he matured as a batsman.
Speaking concerning the change in method in recent times, Iyer mentioned, “Some of it is natural and some of it is mental as well. Both go 50/50. You have to be mentally very strong, when you play at the highest level.”
“You have to believe in yourself, and you have to be positive at that stage. Yes, I think at that time, I was really confident about the way that I used to approach my innings, and my body language used to say it. “But people used to think I was very lazy and lethargic, but I never thought about what they would think about me, I just backed myself, and I just used to do the things the way I liked to.”