Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer

KKR Breaking News: The Indian Cricket Team’s middle-order batsman, Shreyas Iyer, has been given clearance to feature in the upcoming season of the IPL after he faced discomfort in his back during the recently concluded Ranji Trophy final against Vidarbha. The KKR skipper missed out on a well-deserved ton in the second innings of the Ranji Trophy Final, but he didn’t come out to field on the final two days of the match. The 29-year-old joined the KKR camp on March 16 and even participated in an intra-squad match on Sunday.

According to a news report from the Indian Express, Iyer met a spine specialist doctor in Mumbai, and then he went to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore, where the NCA doctors gave him clearance to play. However, the spine specialist advised him that he needs to be careful when he stretches his leg while defending the ball. 

“He (Shreyas Iyer) is fit enough to play. He consulted a spine specialist doctor in Mumbai, and he advised him not to stretch his leg too much while defending the ball. He has joined the KKR camp, and he is fit enough to participate in the matches of IPL 2024,” a BCCI said to Indian Express. 

Shreyas Iyer has been facing a lot of issues with his back, and his back issues have forced him to miss important matches. His back issues started last year during the Border Gavaskar Trophy matches against Australia. He then underwent back surgery, which forced him to miss the entire IPL in 2023.

He made a comeback to international cricket during last year’s Asia Cup 2023 and found his form and rhythm just before the 2023 ODI World Cup. In the 2023 ODI World Cup, Iyer scored 530 runs, and the Men in Blue finished as the runner-up. 

Post-World Cup, Iyer performed really well in the five match T20i series against Australia and in the white ball games on the tour of South Africa, but he then faced some discomfort once again during the England Test series. He was ruled out of the Indian squad after the second test match in Vizag. 

After getting dropped from the Indian Cricket Team’s test squad, the BCCI instructed the 29 year old to play in the quarterfinal matches of the Ranji Trophy, but the Mumbai batter didn’t follow the instructions of the BCCI and complained of issues with his back despite receiving a full fitness clearance from the NCA. He had to face the consequences of denying the instructions of BCCi as he was removed from the list of annually contracted players. 

Shreyas then corrected his mistake as he rejoined Mumbai’s squad for the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy and even participated in the final. However, apart from his knock of 95 runs in the final against Vidarbha, he struggled a lot against the seamers in the domestic tournament. The fast bowlers constantly got the better of him by bowling short-pitched deliveries, which is a major weakness of Shreyas Iyer. 

The KKR skipper missed the entire IPL 2023 due to his back issues, and once again, his back issues have created doubts regarding his participation in the upcoming season of the IPL. But the fitness clearance from the doctors and the NCA comes as a huge relief for Iyer and KKR.

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