Shreyas Iyer’s fitness issues are behind him, and it’s all about him getting enough game time and runs ahead of the World Cup, according to the BCCI’s senior selection committee.
Iyer had missed a lot of cricket since March due to a back injury and suffered a niggle on his return to the squad at the Asia Cup, where he had only one knock during the tournament. He had made a promising start in the match against Pakistan after the top order were blown away, before succumbing to a pull shot. Before his injury,
He has been included in the squad for the three-match ODI series against Australia starting Friday, and chairman of selectors Ajit Agarkar said the middle-order batsman has been declared good to go.
“Before the Asia Cup final too, he (Iyer) got through all the drills, and is deemed fit at the moment. He has worked very hard on his fitness over the last few months. The setback he suffered in Sri Lanka was not a massive injury, just a niggle,” Agarkar said.
Iyer had got the vote of confidence from R Ashwin prior to the Asia Cup. ”Shreyas Iyer is as important as KL Rahul to this side. One of the best players in the Indian line-up against spin and a consistent No.4 for India. He has played a crucial part in their success whenever he has played at 4. If he is completely fit to play, there should be no debate on No.4 position,” Ashwin had said on his YouTube channel.
During Iyer’s absence, Ishan Kishan took the opportunity with both hands, scoring runs in virtually every outing, and at a decent clip, to ensure that even when the Mumbai batsman regains full match fitness, he has a fight on his hands to reclaim his spot.