Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the three-match ODI series against New Zealand starting in Hyderabad on Wednesday (January 18). Iyer has suffered a back injury and will not be able to take part in the ODI series. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has included Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Rajat Patidar in the squad in place of Iyer.
Announcing the replacement, the BCCI said, “Team India batsman Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the upcoming 3-match ODI series against New Zealand due to a back injury. He will go to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for further assessment and management. The All India Senior Selection Committee has named Rajat Patidar as Shreyas Iyer’s replacement.
Update – Team India batsman Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the upcoming 3-match ODI series against New Zealand due to a back injury.
Rajat Patidar has been included in the team in his place.
– BCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 2023
Iyer’s exclusion from the ODI series has opened the door for Suryakumar Yadav to return to the playing XI after being dropped for the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, which India won 3-0. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are now favorites to replace Iyer and KL Rahul, who have chosen to quit the series to marry Bollywood star Athiya Shetty.
Madhya Pradesh batsman Patidar has been in scintillating form with the bat. He scored his first IPL century in the playoff game against Lucknow Super Giants last year to guide Royal Challengers Bangalore to victory.
In 51 List A matches, Patidar has a strike rate of 97.45 including three hundreds and eight half-centuries. India will begin the ODI series against the Black Caps in Hyderabad with the second match at Raipur and the final match at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.
India’s updated ODI team against New Zealand: 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, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik.