IPL 2021: Shreyas Iyer most likely to miss full season for Delhi Capitals
Shreyas Iyer is one of India’s prime middle-order batsman in the limited-overs circuit. He suffered a partially dislocated shoulder in the opening One-Day International against England. While he misses the remaining ODIs, he could miss Indian Premier League 2021 for Delhi Capitals.
Prolific Indian middle-order batsman Shreya Iyer has undergone a hard fate after being ruled out of the ongoing One-Day International series against England. He has suffered a partially dislocated shoulder.
During the eighth over of the English chase in the first ODI, Iyer dived in at extra cover to save Jonny Bairstow’s boundary. However, he landed awkwardly on his left shoulder and was in visible discomfort before being taken off the field by the physio, while he did not take the field any further.
Earlier, on Thursday, Iyer had effectively been ruled out of the remaining ODIs and the opening half of the 2021 Indian Premier League, where he leads Delhi Capitals. However, according to a new report by ESPNCricinfo, he is most likely to be ruled out of the entire IPL 2021, as he would need several months to heal completely.
Gravity of the injury
While this was the third time since IPL 2020 that Iyer has hurt his left shoulder, it is deemed that the injury is serious this term. DC co-owner Parth Jindal tweeted, “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.”
Iyer at DC
Iyer has played a pivotal role in DC’s success of late, having been appointed the captain in 2018. He also led the side to the final last season, where it finished as the runner-up.
There is no official word that DC would hire a replacement player for Iyer and would wait until the official announcement regarding his availability. In the meantime, DC vice-captain, Rishabh Pant, would take on the leadership duties until Iyer returns for the side.
Meanwhile, Iyer took to his Twitter to thank fans for the wishes and vowed to make a strong comeback. “I’ve been reading your messages and have been overwhelmed by all the outpouring of love and support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone. You know what they say; the greater the setback, the stronger the comeback. I shall be back soon,” he wrote.
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