R Ashwin told me he will be ready for next game: Shreyas Iyer gives update on shoulder injury

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer said the physio will assess the extent of R Ashwin’s shoulder injury before they take a call on his availability in the immediate future at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Ashwin suffered a nasty blow to his shoulder when he dived to stop a single in his 1st over against Kings XI Punjab in Dubai on Sunday.

R Ashwin walked off in visible discomfort and had his hand placed in a sling even as speculations of a shoulder dislocation was rife. Ashwin did not take any further part in the match which ended with Delhi Capitals winning a dramatic Super Over to begin their campaign in the UAE with 2 points.

Speaking after the dramatic win, Shreyas Iyer said the extent of Ashwin’s injury was not yet known but the Delhi Capitals captain revealed that the strong-minded off-spinner told him he would be available for their next match.

“It’s only up to the physio right now. When I spoke to him at the end of the game, he was like ‘I will be ready for the next game. But at the end of the day, it’s the physio’s decision. He is a strong-minded guy, we hope he is available for the next game,” Iyer said.

Ashwin began his Delhi Capitals stint with a dream over, in which he removed Mayank Agarwal and Nicholas Pooran in a span of 5 balls to dent Kings XI Punjab in their chase of 158.

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