India’s top-order batsman Shreyas Iyer will be undergoing back surgery and will consequently miss the entire 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) and the World Test Championship (WTC) final in June. This news comes as a huge blow for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as Iyer was their full-time captain for the upcoming IPL season.

Reason for Surgery

According to the latest reports, Iyer has been dealing with an impinged nerve caused by a bulged disc in his lower back, which has been troubling him since his return from the Bangladesh series last December. He couldn’t participate in the white-ball series against Sri Lanka and the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia due to ongoing discomfort, despite receiving six injections.

The Return and Ongoing Struggles

Shreyas Iyer made a comeback to the Australian Test series and participated in the following two matches. During the first innings of the final Test in Ahmedabad, Iyer was absent from the batting line-up, as he was unable to come out to bat due to his back injury. As a result, the match had to withdraw him, ending his participation in the series on an unfortunate note. Medical experts ruled him out of the first half of the IPL, and despite the Knight Riders’ optimism about his return for the second half of the season, he has been unable to train at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, where the BCCI’s medical staff is overseeing his rehab.

Surgery and Recovery

Iyer will undergo surgery abroad and will need to take a break of at least three months before he can resume training. This means he is likely to miss a significant part of India’s upcoming cricketing calendar, including the IPL and the WTC final.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer to undergo surgery

Interim Captain

With Iyer’s absence, Nitish Rana has been named interim captain for KKR. Rana has been a crucial member of the KKR squad over the years and has been in good form in the domestic circuit as well.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Shreyas Iyer’s injury and surgery have dealt a severe blow to the Kolkata Knight Riders, who will now have to look for alternatives for their captaincy. It is undoubtedly a significant setback for Iyer himself, who was looking to build on his impressive performances in recent times. We wish him a swift recovery and wish to see him back on the field soon.