BCCI names replacement for injured Iyer ahead of New Zealand ODIs

The three-match series will kick-off on January 18

By Web Desk
January 17, 2023
India will take on New Zealand  in the opening ODI at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday — AFP 

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the three-match ODI series against New Zealand, scheduled to take kick-off on January 18.

Iyer will miss the series, owing to a back injury. The batter will now travel to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for additional evaluation.

He was a key player in India's Test series victory against Bangladesh in December of last year. At Mirpur, he scored a tenacious 87 and 29* to help India win the match.

Meanwhile, Rajat Patidar has been named as his replacement for the series. Despite having little international experience, the batter enjoyed a breakthrough IPL season last year. Additionally, he amassed 186 runs at a strike rate of 122.36 in the 2022–23 Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Iyer has suffered injuries throughout his professional career. He sustained a shoulder injury in 2021, which kept him from playing for the following few months.

It is worth noting here that the Men in Blue secured a record 317-run win —  the greatest margin of victory by runs in ODI history —  over Sri Lanka in the last ODI of the series.

India will take on the Kiwis in the opening ODI at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

India squad

Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat (wk), Hardik Pandya (vc), Rajat Patidar, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Umran Malik