In what is a major set-back for Shreyas Iyer and his fans, the middle-order batsman is set to be on the sidelines for the next 4-5 months after he suffered a shoulder injury while fielding during the first ODI against England.
Shreyas Iyer subluxated his left shoulder while trying to save a boundary during England’s run-chase in the first ODI and according to India Today Sports editor Boria Majumdar, the 26-year-old will go under the knife, thereby ruling him out of action for the rest of the IPL and his County stint with Lancashire.
According to Majumdar, Shreyas Iyer will undergo surgery on his shoulder after the first week of April and he wouldn’t be seen on the park till September.
“Not just the IPL (2021), I think Shreyas will take about 4-5 months for recovery. So a realistic assessment will be the home T20 series against New Zealand and South Africa in September'” said Boria Majumdar on Sports Today.
“He will undergo surgery so he will miss the IPL and England tour (August). I am also told by sources that the surgery will take place in end of the first week of April,” he added.
Shreyas Iyer’s injury will have a huge impact on the Delhi Capitals, whom he has spearheaded with the bat and led with distinction in the last three seasons.
“Absolutely devastated and gutted for our skipper @ShreyasIyer15 – stay strong captain – hope for a very quick recovery. Have full faith that you will come back even stronger from this. India needs you in the T20 World Cup,” Delhi Capitals co-owner Parth Jindal tweeted.
Absolutely devastated and gutted for our skipper @ShreyasIyer15 – stay strong captain – hope for a very quick recovery. Have full faith that you will come back even stronger from this. India needs you in the T20 World Cup. @DelhiCapitals @BCCI
— Parth Jindal (@ParthJindal11) March 25, 2021
In his absence, Delhi Capitals will have to pick a new captain and the potential candidates for it are Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, and Steve Smith. His injury will also have an impact on Lancashire County Cricket Club, who had signed him for a stint in the domestic 50-over Cup earlier this week.