Talented India batsman Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the entire IPL 2021 after getting injured on the shoulder in the 1st ODI against England. Reportedly, while attempting to field a ball, Shreyas partly dislocated his left shoulder which has cost him a potentially longstanding injury.
After getting injured on the field, Iyer was immediately taken for further scans and it has been reported by some sources that due a tear in his tissue, he had to undergo a surgery. The process makes him unavailable for competitive cricket for a considerable amount of time.
Delhi Capitals Co-Owner Parth Jindal has confirmed that Iyer, who was to captain Delhi Capitals will be missing the IPL 2021 due to this unfortunate incident.
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, it is most likely that 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. @DelhiCapitals @BCCIAdvertisement
— Parth Jindal (@ParthJindal11) March 25, 2021