India head coach Rahul Dravid has provided an important update on Shreyas Iyer’s participation in the lineup ahead of the second of four Test series against Australia. After establishing a 1-0 series lead with a dominant victory in the first Test, Rohit Sharma & Co. will welcome the Australians at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Friday, February 17.
Going to the second red-ball event, head coach Dravid indicated that Iyer would make the cut in the playing Eleven providing he is ‘ready to go’. The flamboyant batsman missed the first Test between Australia and New Zealand owing to a back issue, but he has finished his rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru and is totally healthy.
“It’s always nice to see someone return from injury. We never want to lose individuals due to injury. It’s not good for us as a team, and it’s not good for the individual. I’m delighted he’s back and healthy. “We’ll make a decision after a few of days of training,” Dravid said at the pre-match news conference ahead of the second Test.
“He had a lengthy session today and did some training. We’ll evaluate it again tomorrow once he comes in for a little hit and see how it goes. “With his prior exploits, he will walk right into the Eleven if he is healthy and ready to play and bear the strain of a five-day Test match,” Dravid continued.
Suryakumar Yadav, who made his Test debut in the first match, had a disappointing start, scoring just eight runs with the willow. Should Iyer reaches the Eleven, the likelihood of Suryakumar losing his spot remains strong. Additionally, Dravid remarked on his ability to produce under pressure as being the most notable aspect of his game.
“Sure, Shreyas has performed well against spin, but his attitude has really stood out. We’ve been in a lot of high-pressure situations since Shreyas made his debut in Kanpur. In the past year and a half, he, (Ravindra) Jadeja, and Rishabh (Pant) have been the ones who have saved us by playing those crucial innings,” Dravid said.