Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the first half of the Indian Premier League and the ODI series.
Team India and Delhi Capitals got a huge blow as their key player Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the remaining two ODIs as well as the first half of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which is scheduled to begin on April 9.
The development comes after he has sustained an injury while fielding in the first ODI and dislocated his shoulder. However, he was supposed to lead Delhi Capitals who start their IPL campaign on April 10 against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
“Shreyas Iyer subluxated his left shoulder in the 8th over while fielding. He has been taken for further scans and won’t take any further part in the game. Rohit Sharma was hit on the right elbow while batting and felt some pain later. He won’t take the field,” a BCCI release had said earlier.
Shreyas Iyer to miss the first half of the IPL 2021
Meanwhile, in the absence of Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant will be the captain. And even if he is not available, Delhi Capitals have other options too. Their key opener Shikhar Dhawan has captained the side in IPL 2020. Moreover, they have Steve Smith this season who is a former Australia captain too.
However, Mumbai Indians can breathe a sigh of relief as their captain Rohit Sharma’s injury didn’t look that serious and he is likely to be available when the IPL kicks off next month. On the other hand, England and KKR skipper Eoin Morgan has sustained an injury in the first ODI as well. He has split the webbing between his index finger and right thumb that required stitches too.
“We’re going to wait 48 for hours and see how it is… give as much time as needed to hopefully be available for Friday,” Morgan said at the post-match interaction.
Sam Billings, who had earlier dislocated his left shoulder to miss their World Cup winning campaign in 2019, too batted in the huge run chase, and could only score 18. “I haven’t spoken with Sam about his batting so I don’t know in his instance… In mine, it’s never going to be at 100 per cent but it’s not that I can’t hold a bat,” Morgan said.
India have won the first game by 66 runs and they need another win to clinch the series, whereas England need a win to level the series. The second ODI will be played on Friday, March 26.