Shreyas Iyer disappointed at not being picked in Indian team

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Mumbai, May 31: Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer may have been a "bit disappointed" for not being picked in the national side for Indian team's upcoming tours but the youngster said his job was to keep performing and scoring runs.

India are scheduled to play limited-over series with Zimbabwe, followed by a Test series against the West Indies.

A file picture of Shreyas Iyer

"Obviously I am a bit disappointed, but you know my job is to keep performing well, just keep scoring runs. It (non-selection) can be a positive (as) it will keep motivating me as a youngster and I will keep working hard, working on my mindset and everything," Shreyas told PTI after he bagged the Domestic Cricketer of the Year award at a ceremony held here.

The right-handed batsman said his focus was solely on his game and not on selection. "I will keep performing unless I get into the team. I just want to focus on my game and not on selection or anything," he said.

The 21-year-old scored 1,321 runs at an average of 73.80 during this season's Ranji Trophy and played a key role in Mumbai's 41st Ranji Trophy victory.

On his Ranji success, Shreyas said, "I was just backing my instincts and just playing positive cricket. We had good atmosphere in the team. When I was scoring and even when I was not scoring, all were backing me, so when you get that atmosphere, everything goes well."

Shreyas had a successful stint with Delhi Daredevils at last year's IPL but he could not score well in this season.

"It was just a bad patch I would say because I stuck to my process, everything I was doing well. I tried to maintain myself throughout the season. Even when I wasn't playing, I made sure I helped the team. Shreyas said Delhi Daredevils skipper Zaheer bhai (Zaheer Khan) backed him throughout and he did not hesitate to speak to the pacer.

PTI

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