Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the entire Indian Premier League 2021 due to a shoulder injury.
India’s middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer wouldn’t be available in the IPL 2021 as well as the rest of the ODI series after he dislocated his shoulder while fielding during the first ODI against England.
The IPL 2021 is scheduled to begin on April 9. He was about to lead Delhi Capitals who start their IPL 2021 journey on April 10 against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
On Wednesday night, PTI has reported that Shreyas Iyer has to undergo surgery on his left shoulder as he is in acute pain, which will rule him out of the action for a minimum time period of four months. However, this also puts doubt on his tenure for the English county side Lancashire in their one-day tournament as well.
“He will have to go under the knife. So, it looks not just the first part of IPL but Iyer will miss the entire IPL. It might take a minimum four months before he can hit the nets again. He has been under severe pain,” the BCCI source has said to PTI.
Rishabh Pant to lead Delhi Capitals in the absence of Shreyas Iyer in 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.
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“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.