Image Source: Twitter/ Shreyas Iyer has some back issues in recent times
India's injury woes in the ongoing five-Test series against England appear to be mounting with Shreyas Iyer now a likely absentee at next week's Rajkot Test after complaining of back stiffness, according to MCA sources.
Another injury scare hits the Indian camp, with latest reports suggesting batter Shreyas Iyer picking up the ever-troubling back injury, casting doubts over his participation in the third England Test in Rajkot. Per the sources (in MCA) close to the information, Iyer has complained of back stiffness ahead of the third Test starting on February 15.
The reports suggest the National Cricket Academy (NCA) has written to the BCCI about Iyer’s fitness status. Though the selectors are yet to meet for squad announcement for the remaining three Tests, Iyer’s absence is said to be a certainty. With veteran batter Virat Kohli already deemed unavailable (for at least the next two Tests) for personal reasons, not having Iyer in the middle order could worry Rohit and the Indian camp.
Shreyas Iyer back injury: Indian cricketer sidelined again. Iyer's recurring back injury forces him out of major tournaments (IPL, World Test Championship). The return timeline is uncertain.
Shreyas Iyer is likely to miss the last 3 Tests against England due to Stiff back & groin pain. [Express Sports] pic.twitter.com/J090zNXwoC— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 9, 2024
Shreyas Iyer played a pivotal role in India's success at the [tournament name]. His outstanding performances, including key contributions in the 2023 World Cup, solidified his position in India's middle order. With experienced players absent, India plans to field KL Rahul at number four and support Rajat Patidar in the following spot.