Team India were jolted with a massive shock on Sunday when their middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer did not come on to bat in the first inning of the fourth Test match. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that Iyer complained of back pain and hence will miss the fourth Test. The cricketer was then taken for scans and it was confirmed that he will miss the upcoming three-match ODI series as well.
Now, as the fourth Test ended in a Draw, India captain Rohit Sharma talked about Iyer's injury and said that it does not look good. A few reports have also claimed that Iyer could be out of action for an indefinite period of time. “Poor guy. It just was such an unfortunate incident,” Sharma said when asked about Iyer’s injury update.
Further, he added, “He had to wait all day to bat and then when the day got over, the issue he had with his back recurred. He was sent to the hospital to take scans. I don’t know the exact report of the scans, but he does not seem to be doing that well. Obviously, that’s why he’s not present here, so we don’t know the exact status of how long he will take to recover or when he will be back. When it happened, it did not look that great. I hope he recovers quickly and comes back and plays again.”
Meanwhile, an Indian Express report has claimed that Iyer might be out of cricketing action for at least three months if he undergoes surgery. " Specialist doctors have also been consulted by the BCCI for Iyer and they will take a call on whether he needs surgery. Iyer could be on the sidelines for up to three months if he undergoes surgery, said a source," claimed the report.