When Shreyas Iyer, 16, was taken to a sports psychologist.

NEW DELHI: Aggressive parents tend to do more harm than good to their children, enduring torrid times, but some receptives dig deep for reasons behind their pupils' performance.

Santosh Iyer He is one of those parents, who understood that his 16-year-old son, Shreyas, needed advice more than scolding, since he felt vulnerable due to a bad patch during his early years.

On Cricbuzz's latest show, 'Spicy Pitch,' senior Iyer recalled how his son, now a number four hitter on Indian white ball teams, went through tough times.

When Shreyas was 4 years old, we played Cricket at home with a plastic ball. Even then, I was middling the ball in a way that convinced me that the boy had real talent. So we did everything in our power to make sure it can reach its potential, Santosh said.

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It was during his U-16 days in Mumbai that Iyer's performance dropped and a coach attributed it to a lack of concentration, which worried the father.

When a coach told me that his son is talented but lost focus along the way, I was a little concerned. I thought he had fallen in love or mixed with the wrong crowd (bad company)!

It was good eight or nine years ago when mental health didn't matter much.

During these phases, the normal instinct of any father is to admonish his children, but Iyer decided to take his son to a sports psychologist .

"Eventually, I was told that there was nothing to worry. Like most other Cricket ers, Shreyas was simply going through a rough patch. And sure enough, he soon recovered his form and has never looked back."

Iyer has scored 748 runs in 18 ODIs with an average close to 50 over one hundred and eight and a half centuries. In 22 T20Is, he has 417 runs averaging 27 more and a strike rate of 129.50.

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