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Speaking at the season one finale of ‘Open House with Renil’ talk-show on zoOM, Shreyas talked about the pieces of advice he has received from his dear ones after entering the media frenzy world of cricket, according to a release on Saturday. Also Read - IPL Must go on; MS Dhoni One of The Finest Minds: BCCI Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry
“After I joined the Indian cricket team, MS Dhoni advised me that I need to avoid reading the newspapers and should try to stay away from social media as much as possible,” the 23-year-old right-hander from Mumbai said. Also Read - As Captain MS Dhoni Instructs Only When You Fall Short of Ideas, Says Harbhajan Singh
“Social media has become a big part of our lives and I try to manage it well but it’s the criticism that motivates me and keeps me going.”
Adding further on how he handled the attention he receives from his fans, Shreyas recalled how a girl’s behaviour, whom he knew from before, changed after the news on him being picked in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction was out.
He shared: “Soon after the auction news was out, this girl whom I knew started messaging me. On confronting her as to why she is desperately trying to reach out, I got to know that she was doing so because she was happy for me.
“That’s when I understood that rather than getting to know me, she was behind the money.”