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Shreyas Iyer likely to be fit by September

Written by Sumit Seth

With a second-stringed Indian team all set to tour Sri Lanka next, several names have been doing the rounds in terms of captaincy. One of the key players for India in white-ball cricket since ICC World Cup 2019, Shreyas Iyer, will miss the tour to Sri Lanka as he is yet to recover from the shoulder injury he sustained recently during the limited-overs series between India and England.

While the Indian team is set to tour Sri Lanka to play three ODIs and as many T20Is, as per sources, Iyer might not be able to feature in the series and is likely to make a comeback by September.

“His recovery process has been delayed. He was to go to NCA for the recovery sessions. But due to rising cases in Karnakata, it was delayed. He has been undergoing recovery sessions in consultation with BCCI medical department in Mumbai itself,” a source told

With the T20 World Cup scheduled to be played in India later this year, there seems to be no rush to make Iyer match ready as he is an integral part of India’s plans for the showpiece event.

“Experts believe there is no point rushing him on the field in this scenario even if it means an additional month or so to get him fully fit. Shreyas Iyer is an important aspect of the Indian team’s scheme of things for the T20 World Cup,” the source added.

Iyer was ruled out of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 and in his absence, Rishabh Pant made his captaincy debut. With the remaining part of IPL 2021 expected to be played in September this year, the Delhi Capitals (DC) can expect their regular captain to be fit by then.

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