In “good mind space”, fit-again Shreyas Iyer ready to convert DC’s IPL dream into reality

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Shreyas,
who
led
DC
to
their
first
IPL
final
in
2020,
missed
the
first
part
of
the
postponed
IPL
due
to
surgery.
Rishabh
Pant
had
captained
the
side
back
then.

“Unfortunately,
IPL
had
to
be
stopped
mid-season,
but
it
has
presented
me
with
the
opportunity
again
and
I
will,
as
a
player
and
as
someone
who
understands
the
DNA
of
our
team,
will
do
everything
in
my
role
to
see
the
dream
of
our
fans
come
true,”
Shreyas
told
PTI
in
an
exclusive
interview.

When
asked
if
he
is
game
about
playing
under
Pant’s
leadership,
the
dashing
right-hander
did
not
give
a
direct
answer.
“I
would
reckon
our
first
half
performance
this
season
is
a
result
of
the
environment
we
had
created
in
2019
and
2020.
Last
year,
we
came
so
close
to
winning
IPL,”
Shreyas
said.

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“Over
the
last
two
years,
we
have
transformed
DC
into
a
warrior
side.
That
has
come
from
the
system
and
process
we
had
put
in
place
and
thanks
to
the
management
in
trusting
my
abilities
to
be
able
to
deliver
for
the
team,”
feels
Shreyas.

He
feels
that
leadership
role
in
Capitals
did
help
him
become
a
more
astute
cricketer
since
he
improved
man-management
skills
and
temperament.
“Captaincy
at
Delhi
Capitals
has
made
me
a
better
cricketer.
I
look
at
things,
situations,
the
sport
differently.
It
has
improved
my
temperamental
skills,
my
man
management
skills
as
a
leader.
Ricky
Ponting
has
been
very
supportive
on
that,”
he
said.

While
playing
IPL,
Shreyas
would
obviously
also
have
one
eye
on
the
T20
World
Cup
squad
where
he
would
probably
fight
it
out
with
Ishan
Kishan
and
Suryakumar
Yadav,
both
of
whom
have
had
impressive
start
to
their
T20
careers,
for
a
place.

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“Competition
has
always
been
in
Indian
cricket
and
will
always
be.
It
is
a
competitive
sport
after
all.
But
for
me,
it
won’t
be
an
understatement
to
say
that
I
have
a
bigger
appetite
now,”
who
has
scored
1363
runs
in
51
white
ball
games.

But
someone,
who
is
known
to
hit
monster
sixes
in
T20
cricket
would
make
it
clear
that
he
is
not
competing
with
anyone.
“Look,
my
competition
has
always
been
with
myself.
It’s
You
vs
You.
It
has
worked
out
well
for
me
in
the
past,
for
how
I
have
played
this
sport
so
far,
and
I
have
no
reason
to
doubt
myself
that
I
can’t
repeat
and
achieve
that
again
and
more.”

Challenging
himself
and
moving
out
of
his
comfort
zone
will
be
his
mantra.
“I
want
to
keep
going
beyond
my
abilities.
I
want
to
see
that
transition
happening
every
day.
That’s
how
I
see
myself
and
I
enjoy
throwing
these
challenges.”

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On
the
fitness
front,
Shreyas
informed
that
he
attained
full
match
fitness
two
weeks
back
and
is
currently
in
fine
fettle.
“I
have
attained
100
per
two
weeks
back.
No
concerns
whatsoever.
I
feel
very
comfortable,
fresh
and
I’m
in
a
good
mind
space.
I
was
completely
focused
on
my
daily
process
and
thankfully
it
has
worked
out
well
for
me.
This
(surgery)
was
something
I
had
to
do,
and
I
am
happy
that
I
can
now
move
forward,”
he
added.

So
is
he
feeling
comfortable
throwing
from
the
deep?
“It’s
about
gaining
the
strength.
I
feel
100
percent
.
I
had
the
opportunity
to
arrive
in
Dubai
a
few
days
ahead
of
my
team,
and
thankfully
played
a
few
practices
matches
with
UAE
National
team.
It’s
all
coming
together
nicely.”

He
got
injured
at
a
time
when
he
was
doing
well
for
the
country
and
it
does
affect
any
player
worth
his
salt.
“One
has
to
accept
the
fact
and
adapt
to
it
fast.
That
would
be
my
advise.
I
won’t
lie
here,
yes
you
tend
to
feel
low
at
times,
it’s
human
nature
after
all,
but
how
you
deal
with
it
instead
of
drowning
in
it,
defines
your
process.”

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But
if
a
situation
comes
where
he
has
to
dive
again,
Shreyas
won’t
mind
doing
that
to
save
runs
for
his
team.
“What’s
important
is
knowing
that
I
was
110
per
cent
in
that
game
when
I
hit
the
mat.
I
was
committed
to
my
role
and
I
will
not
hesitate
to
show
the
same
intensity
in
future.”

It
can
get
lonely
if
the
support
system
isn’t
around,
Shreyas
agreed.
“Thankfully,
I
have
a
close
knit
family
and
friends
who
have
been
my
backbone.
They
bring
positivity.
I
had
a
quick
get-away
with
friends
in
Goa
post
surgery.
Back
home,
my
parents
kept
me
engaged,
we
had
a
lot
of
positive
conversations
and
they
ensured
I
look
at
the
brighter
side
of
things.”

The
initial
part
of
rehab
can
become
very
tiresome
when
one
is
perhaps
at
home
with
hand
in
sling,
no
gym,
no
activity
as
such,
more
so
in
this
post-COVID
world.
“To
be
honest,
I
never
felt
the
agony
at
all.
As
I
mentioned,
for
me
it
was
the
family
and
friends
who
formed
the
core
of
my
recovery
process.
And
then
I
had
Virat
Kohli
and
many
teammates,
friends
and
fans
checking
on
me
regularly.
To
be
frank,
it
was
overwhelming
to
see
so
much
of
support.”

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While
concluding
Shreyas
wanted
to
thank
NCA
Head
of
Cricket
Rahul
Dravid
and
his
staff
for
their
support
during
the
rehab
period.
“Rahul
sir
and
the
entire
staff
at
NCA
had
been
very
helpful.
I
got
good
support
from
BCCI
and
the
process
was
smooth
for
me.
I
had
long
conversations
with
Rahul
sir,
before
he
left
for
Sri
Lanka
and
later
on
his
return.
His
words
are
so
much
encouraging
and
a
lot
to
learn
from
him,”
he
signed
off.

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