Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the 1st test between India and Australia due to aback injury. According to reports, it may take Iyer a minimum of two weeks to regain full fitness and be able to play cricket again. The second Test match’s availability for Iyer will depend on his fitness report.
This setback for Iyer comes as India is preparing for the first Test match against Australia, to be played on February 9, 2023, at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur. Although Iyer’s absence will be a significant loss for the Indian team, they have received a boost in the form of Ravindra Jadeja, who has made a return to the team. Jadeja’s all-around abilities will greatly benefit the Indian team.
The Border Gavaskar series, consisting of four Test matches, is a crucial part of the ICC 2021/23 Test Championship cycle. India needs to win the series to directly qualify for the grand final, which will be played on June 7, 2023, at the Oval. The Indian team will be heading to a preparatory camp for the Border Gavaskar series from February 3, 2023.
Iyer has been an important player for India, particularly against spinners, and his absence will be felt in the first Test match against Australia. However, India will be hoping that Iyer can recover in time for the second Test match and regain full fitness.
Jadeja, who was last seen in Indian colors during the 2022 Asia Cup, has been missing from the team for some time due to a long layoff. He was included in the tour of Bangladesh, but a knee injury prevented him from participating in the series. India will be relying on Jadeja to make a significant contribution to the team’s success in the Border Gavaskar series.