After being ruled out for the remaining couple of ODIs against England, Shreyas Iyer will also miss the IPL 2021, as confirmed by Parth Jindal, Delhi Capitals co-owner. Shreyas Iyer “subluxated” – partially dislocated – his left shoulder when he put in a dive while fielding at extra cover in the first ODI on Tuesday.
He was immediately taken for scans. While the BCCI has not made an official announcement regarding Shreyas Iyer’s availability, however, it is being reported that he has suffered a tear and had to undergo surgery rendering him unavailable for months.
India needs Shreyas Iyer in the T20 World Cup: Parth Jindal
With the IPL set to commence in just 2 weeks, it is highly unlikely that Iyer will play even in the second half of the tournament.
While Team India has plenty of alternatives on the bench to replace the 26-year-old – Suryakumar Yadav could get his ODI debut cap in the second ODI on Friday – but it would be the Delhi Capitals who will have to appoint a new skipper for IPL 2021.
It is believed that Rishabh Pant is the frontrunner in Iyer’s stead; while there are also other options in R Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, and Steve Smith – all three have led franchises in the IPL before.
Not only as a captain, but Shreyas Iyer will be missed by the Capitals as a pillar in the middle-order as well. Last season, where he led the Delhi franchise to its maiden IPL final, which they lost to the Mumbai Indians, Iyer was the fourth-highest run-scorer in the tournament – behind KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, and David Warner.
The right-hander has recently been in superb touch for India- he scored a mature 67 and a quickfire 37 (off 18 balls) – in the T20I series against England. Parth Jindal took to Twitter to express his feelings regarding Losing his skipper to the injury but backs Iyer to play a key role in the T20 World Cup for his country.
“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,” tweeted Parth Jindal.
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