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14 Feb 2023 | 02:02 PM

Shreyas Iyer set to join India squad ahead of Delhi Test

The middle-order batter has recovered from his back injury and will most likely take that No. 5 spot from Suryakumar Yadav

Shreyas Iyer has completely recovered from his back injury and will be available for the second Test against Australia in Delhi, starting on Friday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced on Tuesday (February 14).

The middle-order batter from Mumbai, who hasn’t played any competitive cricket since January 15, was ruled out of the ODI series against New Zealand due to a back injury and was asked to head to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for further assessment. 

The 28-year-old even had to miss the first Test in Nagpur, which India won by an innings and 132 runs, but has now been cleared by the BCCI Medical Team.

In his absence, Suryakumar Yadav made his Test debut in Nagpur and took the No. 5 spot. However, the top-ranked T20I batter could only manage eight runs before getting knocked over by Nathan Lyon.

Now that Iyer is fit, he will replace SKY in the second Test. The right-hander has only featured in seven Tests but has slammed 624 runs at an impressive average of 56.73, studded with one century and five fifties.

India's updated squad: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vc), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav.

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