India batter Shreyas Iyer has been sent for scans after he complained of pain on his lower back. As a result, Shreyas has not come out to bat in the ongoing Test against Australia in Ahmedabad, with wicketkeeper KS Bharat walking in at six ahead of him following the dismissal of Ravindra Jadeja.
"Shreyas Iyer complained of pain in his lower back following the third day's play. He has gone for scans and the BCCI Medical Team is monitoring him," the BCCI said in a statement.
Back injury has kept the batter out over the past few weeks. He missed the One-Day International (ODI) series at home and did not take part in the first Test against Australia in Nagpur, as a result. He has scored 4, 12, 0 and 26 in the four innings in the series so far. His absence paved way for Suryakumar Yadav to make his Test debut in the first Test.
It remains unclear if Shreyas will bat at all in this Test.
India lead the four-match series 2-1. They beat Australia comprehensively in the first Test in Nagpur and the second one in Delhi before succumbing to a nine-wicket loss in Indore. While Australia have already booked their place in the World Test Championship (WTC) final, India have to salvage something out of the ongoing Test to make it to the summit clash.
India' chances of making it to the final will also depend on how Sri Lanka fare in their ongoing series against New Zealand. As per added reports, Iyer is also set to miss out on the upcoming three-match ODI series against Australia, and Cricbuzz reckoned that the right-hander will have to be shown to a specialist for further tests.