Is KKR captain Shreyas Iyer ready for IPL 2023?
Team India hitter and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Shreyas Iyer could be out of action for 4-5 months as he is likely to undergo a back surgery. The 28-year-old has been ruled out of the ongoing one-day series against Australia at home due to a recurrence of a lower back injury.
The middleweight hitter previously missed the whiteball series against New Zealand in January and the first Test of the series against Australia in Nagpur due to a similar injury. After playing the next two Tests, he did not participate in the Final Test in Ahmedabad due to a recurrent back injury.
According to Times of India, Shreyas looks set to miss the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League and the World Test Championship final at The Oval in June due to his back surgery.
Team India will be hoping that he is fit for the ODI World Cup, which will be held in India in October-November. A source cited by TOI said:
“Iyer has been advised to have surgery. He would love to have surgery by a specialist in London, but if there is a suitable option in India, the operation could also take place here. “
The report adds that the cricketer consulted with a doctor who treats spinal complications and is a specialist at Bombay and Lilavati hospitals in Mumbai.
What does Rohit Sharma say about Shreyas Iyer’s back injury after the Test in Ahmedabad?
Talking about Shreyas back injury recurrence, India captain Rohit Sharma admitted after the Ahmedabad Test that things were not going well. I said:
“Poor boy. It was just an unfortunate incident. He had to wait all day to hit the ball and then when the day was over, his back problem recurred. He was taken to the hospital to have it repaired. I don’t know the exact report of the scans, but he doesn’t seem to do a good job of it.
“Obviously, that’s why he’s not here, so we don’t know exactly how long his condition will take to recover or when he’ll be back. When it happens, it doesn’t look great. I hope he recovers quickly and returns to play.”
Suryakumar Yadav hit the ball in mid-range with Shreyas absent from the ongoing one-day series against Australia. However, he was kicked out for the golden duck in the first two ODIs by Mitchell Starc.