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India vs England Test series: Star Indian batter may miss next 3 matches due to fitness issues; no, it’s not Virat Kohli

This star batter is doubtful for the next three Test matches due to back stiffness and groin pain. His gear was sent to his Mumbai residence instead of Rajkot, where the next match is scheduled.

Visakhapatnam, Feb 05 (ANI): India's captain Rohit Sharma, coach Rahul Dravid and BCCI chief selector Ajit Agarkar in conversation after the 2nd Test match against England, at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, in Visakhapatnam on Monday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)Premium
Visakhapatnam, Feb 05 (ANI): India's captain Rohit Sharma, coach Rahul Dravid and BCCI chief selector Ajit Agarkar in conversation after the 2nd Test match against England, at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, in Visakhapatnam on Monday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)

Shreyas Iyer is dealing with back stiffness and groin pain, particularly noticeable when he plays forward defence. So, he is doubtful for the next three Test matches in the ongoing India vs England cricket series, currently locked at 1-1, The Indian Express reported.

His gear, unlike his teammates', did not head to Rajkot, where the next match is going to take place. His kit was sent to his Mumbai residence instead, the publication added.

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The selection committee, under Ajit Agarkar, is on the brink of announcing the squad for the series' remainder. Yet, Iyer's condition prompts a journey to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore for further evaluation. Despite this hiccup, hopes are high for his comeback in time for the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting in March. This isn't his first dance with back issues as surgery was necessary in 2023 due to a similar complaint.

Iyer has openly discussed his challenges with the team's medical staff, noting a marked discomfort after playing more than 30 balls, as per the publication. He is also suffering from groin pain during specific batting maneuvers. Given these symptoms, rest has been prescribed, with a follow-up assessment slated for the NCA.

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His potential absence from the lineup necessitates a replacement decision from the selectors. This comes at a time when KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja are recovering from their injuries. Whether Rajat Patidar, who debuted in Vizag and impressed with his technique, receives another chance remains a topic of interest.

Virat Kohli unavailable

India’s middle-order woes will continue if Shreyas becomes unavailable for the Rajkot Test as Virat Kohli is unlikely to be a part of it as well. As per an earlier report by ESPNcricinfo, Kohli may not play the remaining three Tests. Kohli decided not to play the first two Tests for personal reasons

Kohli earlier had discussions with Rohit Sharma, the team management and selectors, as per reports. He spoke about his commitment to the team despite personal challenges.

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Published: 09 Feb 2024, 02:25 PM IST
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