Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer (Image Credits: Twitter)

Last Update on: September 11th, 2023 at 12:22 pm

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Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra feels that Shreyas Iyer’s injury could be a major concern for the team management ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023 at home. Aakash Chopra highlighted that Shreyas Iyer was sidelined from action for more than six months due to a back injury.

Shreyas Iyer made his comeback during the match against Pakistan last week after a prolonged injury layoff. The right-handed batter was part of India’s group-stage matches in the Asia Cup 2023. However, he was ruled out of the Super Four match against Pakistan due to a back spasm.

Shreyas Iyer Got Back Spasms – Aakash Chopra

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra mentioned that KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan were competing for a place in the lineup.

“It was a surprise for everyone in whose place KL Rahul was playing. It seemed like it was between him and Ishan Kishan and that the latter should have been played because he is in good form. However, the question was when you would play KL Rahul as at some stage you have to give him chances,” Chopra said.

“All those speculations ended as Shreyas Iyer wasn’t fit. He got back spasms. Is that serious or non-serious? I feel it’s a concern because he hasn’t played cricket for the last six to eight months because of back surgery only. That’s a bit of a red flag,” he added.

KL Rahul replaced Iyer in India’s playing XI in the match against Pakistan at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Sunday, September 10. The Men in Blue scored 147/2 in 24.1 overs before the match was called off due to persistent rain. The game will resume on Monday from the same position.

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Shreyas Iyer Is Probably Undercooked – Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra expressed concerns about Shreyas Iyer’s fitness, suggesting that his recent back spasm may be due to being undercooked after a prolonged injury layoff.

“The first thing is that he is probably undercooked because of which the area on which the surgery happened might have flared up a little bit and the surrounding areas would have stiffened up to save that and he got a spasm due to that.”

“However, if this happens repeatedly, because he had played only one match (innings) thus far, so with what fitness will he come in the World Cup? We are not even talking about the form at the moment, we are talking about the fitness first.”

India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj