The Delhi Capitals skipper injured his shoulder while fielding during India’s win over England in the first ODI.
Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer dislocated his shoulder while fielding during the first ODI against England and reports have now emerged that the injury will rule him out of the final two ODIs as well as the first half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament. It is noteworthy that the 26-year-old is the captain of his IPL franchise, Delhi Capitals. He led his side admirably well last season to take within touching distance of a maiden trophy before falling short in the final.
Iyer not only led from the front with his captaincy but also with the bat as he scored 519 runs in 17 matches at an average of 34.60. His loss would thus be a huge blow to DC who would want him back fit as soon as possible. Reports on his fitness status, however, present a very bleak picture and it is not good news for the franchise.
Shreyas Iyer could miss entire IPL if surgery is needed
Reports from ANI and Cricbuzz confirmed today that Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the ODI series against England as well as the ‘first few matches’ of the IPL. However, it was also stated by BCCI sources (according to ANI) that in case surgery is needed for his shoulder, Iyer would miss the entire IPL season. The source reportedly said, “The preliminary view is that he requires surgery but further opinion has been sought from an expert in this regard and if surgery takes place, which seems likely, he would miss the entire IPL season,”
It was confirmed earlier by the CEO of DC, Vinod Bisht before the injury occurred that Shreyas Iyer would continue as the captain of the franchise despite the acquisition of proven IPL captain and former Australian skipper Steve Smith. Now, if Iyer misses out on the IPL, Smith would be a candidate to take over captaincy as will experienced Indian players in the line-up like Shikhar Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane.
Delhi Capitals kick off their IPL season against Chennai Super Kings on the 10th of April in Mumbai.