Team India skipper Rohit Sharma has shared an injury update on all-rounder Axar Patel and batter Shreyas Iyer ahead of the one-day international series against Australia. The series begins on Friday, September 22 at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.
Axar Patel suffered a small tear during the Asia Cup 2023 match against Bangladesh. The incident took place during the Indian innings when the left-hander was battling to win the match for India, which they eventually lost. He sustained a strain in his left quadriceps during the match. Ahead of the series against Australia, Rohit Sharma shared that Axar is likely to miss the first two ODI matches.
“Axar, he had a small tear, not sure. Looks like may be a week or 10 days. We just have to wait and see how his injury progresses because every individual is different. Some guys recover quickly. I am hoping with Axar that’s the case. We will wait and see what happens with him. I am not too sure if he will play the first two games against Australia at home. But we will wait and see.”
Shreyas Iyer is looking good at this point in time: Rohit Sharma
Shreyas Iyer has been battling with recurring back problems for the last few months. He underwent surgery earlier this year to treat the issues. However, the concerns resurfaced during the 2023 Asia Cup. He suffered back spasms during the warm-ups before the India vs Pakistan match and has missed the remainder of the tournament.
“He was not available for this game because there were certain parameters kept for him to tick off. Today, I think he completed most of it. 99 per cent he should be okay, as of now. He batted and fielded for long hours before we came today, he was on the ground. So he is looking good at this point in time, I don’t think it’s a worry for us,” said Rohit Sharma updating about Shreyas Iyer’s fitness.