Raipur: Fresh from his match-winning exploits against table-toppers Chennai Super Kings, DD opener Shreyas Iyer has said that his Ranji experience has acted as a confidence booster for him in the Indian Premier League.
DD's Shreyas Iyer en route his unbeaten 49-ball 70 against Chennai Super Kings in Raipur on Tuesday. Pic/PTI
Iyer, who plays for Mumbai in Ranji Trophy, smashed an unbeaten 70 runs to back up an excellent bowling show by Delhi Daredevils, which earned them a six-wicket victory against CSK in a low-scoring encounter at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, here on Tuesday.
Iyer, who has accumulated 419 runs in 13 matches for DD, has stood out with his batting talent in season 8 of the cash-rich league and the youngster credits his Ranji stint for his success in the shorter format.
"I got a lot of confidence playing Ranji Trophy. I had never thought that I will score this much in the first season (of IPL). I am carrying forward that confidence which is helping me very much here," the 20-year-old cricketer said at the post-match conference.
"To be honest, I wasn't really thinking about how people will look at me in the IPL season. But as the tournament progressed and I went good, I realised I should continue till the end.
Unfortunately, we have not qualified, so I had decided to finish it off well. I don't think much about the future, just stick to the presence," the Mumbai-based right-handed batsman said.