IND vs ENG: Why is Shreyas Iyer drop for last three Tests? Iyer allegedly complained of back spasms after the second Test, but the injury was not bad enough to dismiss him.
On Saturday, February 10, the senior men’s selection committee reveal India’s squad for the final three Tests against England, which are plan for Rajkot, Ranchi, and Dharamsala. In a big setback for the hosts, star batter Virat Kohli stayed out from the squad due to personal reasons. Notably, Kohli had withdrawn from the first two Tests for personal reasons that are undisclose, and he has now prolong his leave.
Aside from him, middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer’s name was missing from the squad. The 29-year-old had been failing to rediscover his form in the longest format since 2023. Scoring only 187 runs in 12 innings at an average of 17. The 29-year-old has not reached a half-century in 13 innings, despite scoring 104 runs in the first two Tests.
Iyer allegedly complained of back spasms after the second Test. According to ESPNCricinfo, the injury was not significant enough to remove him from the team. Furthermore, the BCCI did not mention his injury in the news release, which made it evident that the batter drop due to bad form.
The right-hand hitter produce a stunning hundred (105) on his Test debut against New Zealand in Kanpur, follow by an outstanding 65 in the second innings. He also name Player of the Match for his outstanding batting performance.
Shreyas Iyer average 56 in initial two years in Test cricket
In the first two years of Test cricket, Iyer made 624 runs at an average of 56. Including one hundred and five fifties. However, his mechanical limitations were highlight during tours to England and South Africa. When he score only 34 (2 innings) and 41 runs (4 innings), respectively.
With Iyer out, the team’s management will need to find a replacement at number four for the remaining three Tests. Notably, KL Rahul batted at number four in the first Test in Hyderabad. His eligibility for the third Test depends on fitness clearance. If Rahul fails to gain match fitness, Mumbai batter Sarfaraz Khan could make his debut in the third game, which begins on February 15 in Rajkot.