India middle-order batsman and Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer has commenced his training following his shoulder surgery in a bid to attain full fitness by the time the second phase of the IPL 2021 commences.
The right-hander started his training five days ago at the indoor BKC facility in Mumbai with Pravin Amre, the assistant coach of the Capitals.
Shreyas Iyer missed the first half of the IPL 2021 due to a left shoulder injury that he sustained during India’s home ODI series against England in March.
Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was given the captaincy duties and he filled the shoed well leading Capitals to the top of the points table with 6 wins in 8 matches before the tournament was suspended mid-season owing to the covid-19 outbreak amongst multiple franchises.
Pravin Amre is a well-renowned coach in the circuit; recently he helped Prithvi Shaw revive his career after the opener was dropped from India’s Test team. Shaw now has been recalled to the Test side in England on the back of his supreme white-ball form and is believed to have eliminated his technical flaws to some extent.
Shreyas Iyer will work with Amre till July 31 before he will report at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore for further rehabilitation and training.
Earlier this month, Iyer was ruled out of his Royal London One-Day Cup stint with Lancashire.
“They have been working indoors mainly because there is no permission to do so outside. And there has been rain in Mumbai too,” a franchise source told Cricbuzz.
Earlier in the month, Shreyas Iyer had pulled out of the Royal London Cup, a 50-over tournament in England, for which he had signed with Lancashire.
The source further added that the batsman should be able to regain full fit by mid-September.
The IPL will now be the only tournament where Shreyas Iyer will get the opportunity to prove his form and fitness to the national selectors before the T20 World Cup. The right-hander was impressive in the T20I series against England, but Suryakumar Yadav seems to have almost booked a middle-order slot for himself.
The UAE leg of the tournament starts on September 19 with a high-voltage clash between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in Dubai. Delhi Capitals play their first match on September 22 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The first playoff is slated for October 10 with the final on October 15, just days before the T20 World Cup begins.