Opening batsman Abhimanyu Iswaran, who is due to travel to England with the Indian team, said he was not too worried about talks and did not deserve to be invited for the tour.
“Everyone has the right to their opinion. But I do not want to comment on it or even react to it,” the Bengali batman told IANS.
Former coach Sarandeep Singh had recently told IANS that he was surprised by Isvaran’s choice.
“I am surprised by Isvaran’s choice. I thought Prithvi Shaw is an experienced player internationally and has played tests. He is currently also in shape. It had to be turned on. I would even think of Devdutt Padikkal, because you have to reward local performances as well, ”said Singh, who was part of the previous selection committee.
But Isvaran, who had a regular outing last season for Ranji Trophy, said he was mentally ready to play in England.
“This is really a big thing for me. I have experience playing abroad. I have represented the Indian A team. Representing your country at the highest level is already enough motivation,” Isvaran added.
Teams travel with extended teams due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and this has led to reserve players who have a chance to reach player XI. A number of reserve players were ejected to the main team in India’s tour of Australia earlier this year.
“I am prepared for each match, although I am among the reserve players. I will be ready when you are called up,” he added.
“I know the conditions are challenging for the batsmen in England, but as players we have to enjoy these challenges. It’s about fighting and believing in yourself. The English conditions require some adjustments that I’ve worked on with my coach,” Isvaran said. , who has been training for the last 20 days in his hometown of Dehradun.
“I have to be disciplined with my approach if and when I have a chance to play. That will be key because there will be a lot of movement,” he added.
Ishvaran credits former Indian captain Rahul Dravid for guiding him to an Indian team. “Rahul Dravid has taught many things. The best thing was that he gave me a lot of confidence. He asked me to be prepared for different conditions and gave me an idea of how to deal with different situations,” he said.