Shreyas Iyer To Undergo Surgery And Will Be Missing IPL And WTC
By CricShots - Mar 22, 2023 11:04 am
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As per the latest reports of India Today, India middle-order batter, Shreyas Iyer is likely to undergo surgery to cure his back injury. Iyer, who has been out of action since the final day of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 is expected to have his surgery either in London or somewhere in India under the strict guidance of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer

Sources confirmed that Iyer was advised of the surgery in his third meeting with a Mumbai-based doctor. As per sources, Iyer will be missing competitive cricket for at least five months after his surgery, which means he will be missing high-profile tournaments like the World Test Championship Final against Australia, and the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is set to begin on March 31.

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Shreyas Iyer will be touch and go for the ODI World Cup, but it is unlikely that India will consider the batter without playing him in the build-up to the tournament.

Iyer’s injury is the second big one for India, who have missed Jasprit Bumrah due to back issues since the 2022 T20 World Cup. The status of Jasprit Bumrah’s recovery is unknown, but he is not expected to be rushed to fitness, as India did in 2022.

Iyer’s absence will be big implications for IPL franchise KKR, who bought Iyer for a massive sum of INR 12.25 crores and made him their captain in 2022. KKR will now have to scamper for another batter and the skipper with less than 10 days remaining for the tournament.

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Shreyas Iyer issues with his back are not new. The batter missed the opening Test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy and walked into the playing XI for the second Test match in Delhi. Iyer had said at the time that he was fully fit and his back issues were behind him.