IND vs AUS: If Shreyas Iyer is Not Around For Long, Team Will Have To Start Finding Solutions- Hardik Pandya

Shreyas Iyer (Getty Images)
Shreyas Iyer (Getty Images)

IND vs AUS ODI series is set to start on March 17 (Friday) with the opening game. Shreyas Iyer will be a big miss for the Indian team, who has been ruled out of the series due to a back injury. Hardik Pandya said that if Shreyas Iyer is not around for a long time, the team will have to start finding solutions.

Hardik Pandya is going to lead Team India in IND vs AUS 1st ODI at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Skipper Rohit Sharma will miss the opening clash due to family commitments. For Australia, Steve Smith is going to lead the team in the series.

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Team Will Have To Start Finding Solutions If Shreyas Iyer is Not Around: Hardik Pandya

Shreyas Iyer missed the IND vs AUS 1st Test due to a back injury. He played in the 2nd and 3rd Test but again missed the last game as his back injury recurred. Hardik Pandya once spent a lot of time out of the field due to a back injury, almost taking a year to completely recover.

While speaking to the press ahead of India vs Australia 1st ODI, Pandya said that Shreyas Iyer’s absence is going to impact the team. Also, if he doesn’t back come for a long time, the team will need to find a solution for his absence.

“Obviously there is no timeline but we have to hope for the best. I have been in that situation where the back could be a problem. It is going to impact, obviously, we are going to miss him (Shreyas Iyer) but we will have to slowly start finding solutions if he is not around (for a long time). If he is around, he is more than welcome but if he is not then there is a lot of time to think about it and see how we can go forward,” Pandya said.

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The Indian all-rounder also spoke about pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who is out of the team since September 2022 due to back issue. Pandya said that the bowling group has done a decent job in Bumrah’s absence and he is confident that they will be doing very well in the upcoming series against Australia.

“Jassi (Jasprit Bumrah) hasn’t been around for quite some time now. The bowling group has been doing a decent job. They’re all experienced now, the number of games they have played. Having Jassi makes a massive difference but to be very honest, we aren’t much bothered because the guys who have taken the role of Jassi, I am quite confident they’ll be doing very well. It gives us good confidence,” Pandya further said.

India vs Australia ODI series will witness three games. The 2nd and 3rd ODI is scheduled to take place on March 19 and 22. India has already defeated Australia in the 4-match Test series 2-1. Now, they will aim to outplay the visitors in the ODI series as well. However, it is going to be a tough task for the home team.

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