Indian middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer has opened up on his long back injury layoff that kept him away from the game for months. The right-handed batter also shared the ‘excruciating pain’ he went through and his inability to express it as well. He was last in action during the 4th Test against Australia in March, but he didn’t come out to bat in either inning as well The talented batter also missed the subsequent ODI series against Australia, the IPL 2023, and the World Test Championship final in England in June as well.
Speaking in a video uploaded by BCCI.tv, Iyer said: “To be precise I had a nerve compression, basically a slip disk, which was compressing the nerve and the pain was going all the way down to the bottom of my tiny toe and it was horrendous, to be honest, at that point of time. I was in excruciating pain and I wasn’t able to express myself properly about which I’m going through.”
Shreyas Iyer stated: “I had this issue for a while, but I was taking injection and was going through various routes to see to it that I am steady and playing any more matches. But it reached a saturation point where I realized I have to get a surgery and the physios and the experts told me it was important you go under the knife and get this done with straight.”
However, Iyer and KL Rahul have returned to the squad for the 2023 Asia Cup, and they are likely to bat at No.4 and 5 in the line-up as well. However, Iyer also credited his teammates for supporting him by welcoming him back into the team with open arms as well.
“Feeling ecstatic to be honest, to join the team, and see all the happy faces around. The compassion shown by all the players was fantastic and I am thrilled to be back. I am truly happy to be back right now because I never imagined that I would recover so fast,” he concluded.