Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match ODI series against Australia due to a recurrence of a lower back injury that has troubled the Mumbai-born cricketer in recent months.
India’s fielding coach T Dileep confirmed the news on Wednesday.
As per reports, the chances of Iyer returning to captain Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League starting March 31 also seem bleak.
Iyer is currently back at the NCA for rehabilitation but it is yet to be confirmed whether the right-handed batsman will undergo surgery, like in the case of bowlers Jasprit Bumrah or Pramukh Krishna.
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“Injuries are a part and parcel of the game. We have the best medical facilities and they are well equipped,” said Dileep.
“We are in coordination with the NCA. Shreyas is ruled out of this series,” said the fielding coach.
“As and when we know, we will be able to provide more updates,” Dileep said at a press conference.
Iyer returned to the national team ahead of the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy after battling a back injury.
The 28-year-old complained of experiencing discomfort in the same area during the fourth and final Test of the series against Australia in Ahmedabad and was then taken for scans by the BCCI’s medical unit, which continues to monitor the batsman’s progress.
As a result, he could not come out to bat in the game at Motera, which turned out to be a draw as both the teams were able to play a full innings each before the end of day five.
Iyer is expected to be out of action for at least the first part of the upcoming edition of the IPL.
In the absence of captain Iyer, the owner of two-time IPL winner KKR Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan will be on the lookout for a new captain to lead the Kolkata-based franchise.
KKR are set to begin their quest for a third IPL title on April 1 as they take on the Punjab Kings at the Eden Gardens.
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