Quadrangular Series: Players knuckle down at indoor training

With an eye on a berth in the Indian team, Shreyas Iyer and others slogged it out at the Mangaligiri ACA Indoor Academy. Wet ground conditions forced the participants to stay away from Mulapadu.

Shreyas Iyer..."This Quadrangular Series is a big platform to prove one's mettle against the visiting teams." Photo: V. Raju

With wet ground conditions forcing the players to stay away from Mulapadu, venue of the Quadrangular Series one-day cricket championship featuring India A, India B, Australia A and South Africa A, the focus shifted to indoor training.

With dreams of playing for India in the 2019 World Cup, India A members slogged it out at the Mangaligiri ACA Indoor Academy on Friday. “The only way I can force my way into the Indian team is to perform consistently in every tournament and get noticed (by national selectors),” India A captain Shreyas Iyer said.

“This Quadrangular Series is a big platform to prove one's mettle against the visiting teams which have some quality players,” he said.

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“As cricketers, we are used to the ups and downs and we have to keep moving on to realise our goals with the desired hard work,” said Shreyas, who has fond memories of Mulapadu, having scored a fine century against New Zealand A the last time he played here.

'Always pressure'

Not surprisingly, India B captain Manish Pandey, too, like many of the fringe players here, is hoping to score runs here to be back in contention for a slot in the Indian team, especially for the Asia Cup. “I had a month's break, focussed on some niggles and now in perfect frame of mind and physically too for this series. Hope to score runs. There is always pressure. We have to get used to these sort of things to keep moving on,” Pandey said.

“The first objective is to help the team's cause here and help it reach the final. Well, when I think about my batting, it should be middle-order here. Well, this series is a proving ground for me to get runs and get noticed (by the national selectors),” he said.

“You have to be ready always for your chances. The more games I play, the more experienced I will get and read the game better in any given situation.”