As the One-Day International (ODI) World Cup nears, every player dreams of making it to the national team, and Shreyas Iyer is no exception.
But the Mumbai cricketer, who is now skipper of the Delhi Capitals, makes it clear that at the moment his only focus is to win the Indian Premier League (IPL). “For me, the focus obviously would be playing match by match and IPL is really important because I am leading the team and winning every match is my first priority. Thinking about the World Cup would obviously be the follow-up to the IPL,” he said on Saturday.
“I don’t want to think much about the selection process, Iyer said, adding that scoring runs and leading the Delhi Capital to victory are his first priority at the moment.
He also admitted that he had started preparing for the IPL a month ago. “I personally feel the IPL preparations start from (Syed) Mushtaq Ali (Trophy). From there onwards, we try and focus on how we go about in T20 (Twenty20) innings and that’s where we start planning,” he said.
This season, former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been roped in an advisor for the Capitals, and Iyer admitted it has helped the team. “Obviously he is a very experienced campaigner. He had led the Indian side to many victories. With him and (coach) Ricky (Ponting) together in the team, giving advice to all the youngsters in the team and even the experienced players, it is really important,” Iyer said.
“Obviously him sharing the knowledge and his experience, he is like totally focused and more motivating when it comes to practice sessions and he coordinates sessions with players, so it’s been a really good time which we have spend with him so far in the camp,” he added.
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