Shreyas Iyer’s Injury Casts Doubt on England Test Participation, KL Rahul and Jadeja Expected to Return

Rajkot, India: A cloud of uncertainty hangs over Shreyas Iyer‘s participation in the remaining Tests against England as the Indian batsman struggles with back stiffness and groin pain. This development throws the door open for potential replacements like KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja, who are expected to return from injury for the third Test in Rajkot starting February 15th.

Stiff Back and Groin Pain Raise Concerns for Iyer

According to The Indian Express, Iyer informed the team management and medical staff about his discomfort after playing more than 30 deliveries and experiencing pain while playing forward defence. This issue reportedly emerged post-surgery for a previous back injury and necessitates rest for a few weeks. Iyer will undergo further tests at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore with the hope of returning in time for the Indian Premier League next month.

If Iyer is ruled out, the selection committee faces a crucial decision in choosing his replacement. While KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja are likely to be back for the Rajkot Test, questions remain about other potential options. Rajat Patidar, who made his debut in the second Test, could be considered for another opportunity. The committee, originally scheduled to announce the squad on Thursday, has delayed it by a day to confirm the availability of former captain Virat Kohli, whose participation in the third Test remains doubtful.

Team Awaits Kohli’s Decision, Resumes Training in Rajkot

Kohli’s personal reasons-related withdrawal from the ongoing series has left his participation in the final two Tests unclear. The selectors are reportedly keen to determine his availability before finalizing the squad. Meanwhile, the rest of the team, enjoying a short break, will reassemble in Rajkot on February 11th to resume training in preparation for the crucial third Test.

With the series tantalizingly poised at 1-1, the injury concerns and anticipated returns of key players add another layer of intrigue to the England Test saga. Iyer’s absence, if confirmed, would be a significant blow to the Indian batting line-up, creating an opportunity for others to step up. The return of Rahul and Jadeja, however, would bolster the team’s strength and experience. As the team awaits Kohli’s decision and the selection committee deliberates, one thing is certain: the upcoming Tests promise to be an exciting and closely contested affair.

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