Hardik Pandya: Iyer’s absence will impact us but we have to find solutions

Shreyas Iyer

India are set to play a three-match ODI series against Australia after their 2-1 victory in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Unfortunately, Indian batter Shreyas Iyer won’t be able to participate in the upcoming series due to a lower back injury. India’s stand-in skipper, Hardik Pandya, expressed concern about Iyer’s absence. He stated that it would affect the team’s preparations for the 2023 World Cup in India. Despite this, he emphasised the need to find a solution and move forward.


Hardik said:

“It is going to impact us, obviously, we are going to miss him but we will have to slowly start finding solutions if he is not around (for a long time). If he is around he is more than welcome but if he is not then there is a lot of time to think about it and see how we can go forward.”

Pandya was asked about the uncertain period of Iyer’s absence from the game, to which he replied:

“We can’t predict a specific timeline, but we must remain optimistic.”

Pandya, a veteran of 169 international matches for India, shared his own experience of battling injuries during the initial years of his career. He likened his injury to that of Iyer’s and said:

“I have been in that situation where the back could be a problem.”

Kolkata Knight Riders are uncertain if their captain, Shreyas Iyer, will play in the upcoming season of the IPL due to his fitness condition. Iyer has been advised to rest, and is currently awaiting improvement. After withdrawing from a match due to recurring back spasms, he will have to wait for 10 days for a clear assessment. Despite unfavorable test results, his participation in the IPL has not been ruled out yet.

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