Shreyas keen to excel in England

Shreyas keen to excel in England

Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer has retained his place in the ODI squad and was also named skipper of the India 'A' one-day squad. PTI

These are good days for Shreyas Iyer. The Mumbai youngster has not only maintained his place in the ODI squad for England series but has also been named the captain of the India 'A' team for one-day tri-series.

Iyer, who is in midst of a rip-roaring form, is also leading Delhi Daredevils after Gautam Gambhir chose to step down during the middle of the season.

“It is a big opportunity for me to play again overseas, I haven’t played as many matches at the sub-continent. It is really really important as the next World Cup is in England, and if I really score well it might help me to get in the reckoning. Also the current form that I am in, it will be really helpful for me to play in England and get as much experience as much as possible,” Iyer said.

“I had played club cricket in England, it was almost three years ago. The wickets were really tough out there and I played in the seaming conditions. The attack wasn’t up to the level of international cricket but it was a great exposure. It helped me acclimatized to the conditions, and it would be fun for me to gain a lot of responsibility as an individual.”

Elaborating on the challenges of playing in England, Iyer said: "Obviously the swing, you play on the best wicket where conditions and atmosphere are totally different from India. The bowlers might be difficult as they kind of have upper hand there. However, looking at the Champions Trophy, the wickets were really flat. I hope I get to play on the same wickets!”

India’s under-19 World Cup winning captain Prithvi Shaw has made the cut in both India 'A' one-day and four-day squads.

The 18-year-old experienced a breakthrough season in his maiden IPL year for Delhi Daredevils

“It feels really good to be selected. It’s a great opportunity for me to go there and perform for my team and I will grab this opportunity with both hands," Shaw said.