India, having clinched a 2-1 victory against Australia in the 2022-23 Border-Gavaskar Trophy at home, are preparing to face the Men in Yellow in a three-match ODI series. However, Indian batter Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the series due to a lower back injury of an unspecified duration. Regarding Iyer’s absence from the upcoming white-ball series, India’s stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya stated that it will impact the team’s preparations for the 2023 World Cup, which will be hosted in India in October-November. Nevertheless, he added that the team needs to find a solution and move forward.
Iyer will be missed says Pandya
“It is going to impact us, obviously, we are going to miss him. But we will have to slowly start finding solutions if he is not around (for a long time). If he is around he is more than welcome but if he is not. Then there is a lot of time to think about it and see how we can go forward,” Pandya said
On the question of Iyer’s exclusion from the sport for an unspecified time, Pandya said:
“Obviously there is no timeline but we have to hope for the best.”
Hardik Pandya reflected on his own past struggles with an injury during early stages of his career. Drawing similarities between his own experiences and that of Shreyas Iyer‘s injury, the 29-year-old all-rounder stated that.
“I have been in that situation where the back could be a problem.”
The first ODI between India and the Australian team will take place at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, where in the previous ODI game between these two teams, the Men in Yellow had thrashed the hosts by 10 wickets.
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