Shreyas Iyer will join the Indian squad in Delhi ahead of the second Test against Australia, which starts on February 17 (Friday). Iyer who suffered from a back injury was sent to the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Bengaluru days ahead of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy opener in Nagpur as a precautionary measure. The resilient batter is now fit to make a return after an injury, which had also ruled him out of the ODI series against New Zealand.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) released an official statement in this regard, which stated that Shreyas Iyer has successfully completed his rehab at the National Cricket Academy following his back injury and has been cleared by the BCCI Medical Team. Shreyas will join the squad in New Delhi ahead of the second Test of the Mastercard Australia tour of India.
The middle-order batter has been out of action for over a month now, but his addition will tempt the team management to give him a chance in playing XI. If he gets a chance, then it will be interesting to see which player will face the axe. The team management gave T20 specialist Suryakumar Yadav an opportunity in the first Test when Iyer was not available.
Unlike Iyer, who had slammed a ton in his Test debut, Suryakumar failed to hit such a big score and was dismissed for just 8 by Nathan Lyon. Iyer has been a regular player in India’s playing XI, especially in Test and ODI formats. The right-handed batter has emerged to be one of the vital cogs in the middle-order.