Shreyas Iyer Rested for India vs. Sri Lanka Super Four Clash in Asia Cup 2023
Indian batter Shreyas Iyer won’t participate in India’s second Super Four tie against Sri Lanka on Tuesday in the ongoing Asia Cup 2023. The BCCI confirmed the development through a social media post, stating that the right-hand batter has been advised to rest by the BCCI Medical Team and has not traveled with the team to the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
UPDATE – Shreyas Iyer is feeling better but is yet to fully recover from back spasm. He has been advised rest by the BCCI Medical Team and has not traveled with the team to the stadium today for India’s Super 4 match against Sri Lanka. #AsiaCup2023
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Iyer was rested for the previous encounter against Pakistan after complaining of a back spasm. He was replaced by KL Rahul who returned after an injury break. Earlier on Sunday, Rohit Sharma informed about Iyer’s absence in the Pakistan clash. The Indian captain said the issue was detected during the pre-match warm-up, forcing Iyer to be left out.
After India won the game by 228 runs on the Reserve Day, the skipper mentioned that the decision to include KL Rahul was made just five minutes before the toss. “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 said.
As per several media reports, Iyer is expected to be available for selection for the later games in the Asia Cup. It has also been learned that the management isn’t considering sending the batter back at this stage of the continental event.
Rahul’s return did wonders for India as he announced his comeback with an unbeaten 111-run knock off 106 deliveries, including 2 sixes and 12 boundaries. Reflecting on his innings, the Karnataka batter said,
“Obviously, this is my first international match after a long time. I played a couple of practice games, but we all know the intensity is not the same. So when I walked in, I had that initial nervousness. It took me 10-15 balls to just calm myself down and get my feet moving, get my mind thinking of the right things,” Rahul told Star Sports.
“Then, when I hit one or two boundaries, all those things, the fogginess in your clarity, went away, and it became like before. I was looking at the ball, looking at the situation, and you see what you have to do. But just when I got my rhythm, it started raining,” he added.