Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo
Uncapped batsman Shreyas Iyer has been drafted into India’s squad for the fourth Test against Australia in Dharamsala.
Iyer’s call-up stems from the fact that there are still questions surrounding captain Virat Kohli’s shoulder injury.
Kohli sustained the injury while diving to prevent a boundary on the opening day of the third Test in Ranchi, but even though he missed the rest of the first day and the second day, he was only diagnosed with a shoulder strain and went on to bat in both innings. What is unclear is whether he has made a full recovery ahead of the fourth Test, which begins on Saturday.
On Thursday, Kohli received a pain-killing injection and only threw underarm during India’s fielding session. Furthermore, he didn’t bat in the nets and was seen with strapping around his right shoulder.
Iyer is an up and coming talent and has already shown that he is capable of making big scores against touring sides as in the warm-up game for India A, Iyer struck an unbeaten 202 against Australia.
In February, the 22-year-old made 100 not out against Bangladesh in Hyderabad.
“It made sense to have a back-up batsman because in case of a contingency it is very difficult to reach a place like Dharamsala,” a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) source told ESPNcricinfo. “We will know more on Virat tomorrow.”
Iyer, who plays for Mumbai, has enjoyed a lot of success in the Ranji Trophy, India’s first-class competition, over the last two seasons as in 2015/16, he was the top run-scorer with 1,321 runs at an average of 73.38.
In the 2016/17 edition of the tournament, Iyer accumulated 725 runs at an average of 42.64.