India batsman Shreyas Iyer has enjoyed a great return to competitive cricket after his long injury layoff during the Delhi Capitals’ first match of the UAE leg. The franchise’s former captain has scored an unbeaten 47 and helped to an eight-wicket win against SunRisers Hyderabad on Wednesday (September 22).
After the game, Iyer shared his views on his time away from the game due to the shoulder injury that he suffered during the ODI series against England in March. He, however, admitted that he initially found it difficult to accept he was injured and would not be able to play as well.
While speaking to the IPL’s official website after the match, Iyer said: “I have a very close-knit family and friends and they never made me feel that I was going through an injury. Firstly, you know when I got injured, it was really difficult for me to adapt to the fact that I was injured because I keep doing so many activities here and there. And I never think about that situation (injuries) and that happened. So it was really tough for me to adapt.”
“But as I mentioned earlier, close-knit families and friends really kept me busy. They kept me in a positive frame of mind and never made me feel that you know I’m going through an injury. But when the rehab started and I started gaining strength, that feeling was really amazing. And that put me in a really good frame of mind that I will come back positive and strong,” Shreyas Iyer again shared.
Meanwhile, Iyer will try to score runs on a consistent basis in the remaining matches of the season as he would like to return to his position in the middle-order of the Indian team. Notably, he has not been added to the upcoming T20 World Cup squad as well. However, the franchise will hope Iyer continues his sublime form in upcoming matches as well.
“It’s a really good feeling to be honest, I wouldn’t say that I’m satisfied because the hunger has just gone up. And the appetite keeps on increasing every match you play. So yeah, I’m not satisfied, not content,” Shreyas Iyer concluded.