As Team India saw five debutants getting their ODI caps ahead of 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka on Friday, one big name has been missing from all the action in Colombo so far. Yes, it is Shreyas Iyer who has been sidelined from cricket field for last few months. The 26-year-old had suffered a horrendous shoulder injury earlier this year in a match against England which had forced the cricketer to undergo a surgery.
As a result, Iyer had to miss the first half of IPL 2021 for Delhi Capitals. The right-handed batsman was also supposed to turn up for Lancashire in the Royal London One-Day Cup but had to miss out due to his recovery phase. Having spent so many days resting on bed, Iyer had hinted last month that he had almost completed his recovery and should be back in the nets very soon.
Bat back in my hand: Shreyas Iyer
Much to the excitement of all Indian fans, the middle order batsman has returned to the nets and is certainly looking hungry than ever before. Iyer had posted stories on Instagram where he was spotted in the nets with coach Pravin Amre. He had notably broken a couple of bats as well on his return, the photos of which he had shared on his social media account.
The reason behind the broken bats has now been revealed on Friday when Iyer posted a video of him playing some breathtaking shots, hitting the ball in all directions. The cricketer posted a transition reel of himself, showing the jump from hospital bed to cricket nets. He looked certainly delighted to be back as he captioned the post as, "Bat back in my hand. There’s no better feeling. 🔥💥 Grateful to everyone who’ve been helping me on my road to recovery."
Iyer set to feature in IPL 2021
The right-handed batsman is set to make his return to competitive cricket in the second half of IPL 2021, which is set to take place in UAE in the months of September and October. There is also a possibility of him playing a few local matches in Mumbai ahead of the T20 league. Having recovered from his surgery, Iyer will have his eyes set on securing a place in India's squad for upcoming 2021 T20 World Cup.