Shreyas Iyer will not play in India’s Asia Cup Super Four stage game against Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed. He suffered a sudden back injury and is currently under remote monitoring by the BCCI medical team and the National Cricket Academy (NCA) staff and the Indian team management.
According to a spokesperson, Shreyas experienced a back spasm during the warm-up ahead of India’s first Super Four stage match against arch-rivals Pakistan. He was forced to be left out of the playing XI against Pakistan and the team decided to include KL Rahul. Notably, Rahul was one of the stand-out players in the high-pressure match, scoring a century and helping India to register a comfortable 228-run win.
“And then KL, to return from injury and then find out 5 minutes before the toss that he’s playing, and to perform the way he did, it shows the mindset of the player,” Rohit Sharma said during the post-match presentation.
Iyer is anticipated to be available for selection for the remaining Asia Cup games, and there are currently no plans to send him back at this time. Discussions regarding resting some players for the game against Sri Lanka since India would be playing back-to-back games for three days. However, the team management is likely to stick with the same starting lineup that faced Men in Green.