Indian middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer is facing a potential setback as he is likely to miss the remaining three Test matches against England due to injury, according to reports.
Iyer has reportedly experienced stiffness in his back and pain in the groin area. As a result, he will be sent to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore for further evaluation and tests, as per a report from The Indian Express.
While the rest of the squad's playing kits were transported directly from Vizag to Rajkot for the third Test, Iyer's equipment was specifically sent to his residence in Mumbai.
A source cited in The Indian Express stated, "Iyer has informed the Indian team management and the medical staff that his back gets stiff after playing more than 30 balls and he feels pain in his groin while playing forward defense. Post-surgery, he is facing this issue for the first time so he has been advised to rest for a few weeks. He will head to NCA later."
Iyer has contributed scores of 35, 13, 27, and 29 across the first two Tests held in Hyderabad and Vizag.
The selection committee is expected to announce the India squad for the remaining matches of the five-match series soon. If Iyer is indeed ruled out, the selectors will need to determine his replacement.
Team India, currently on a brief hiatus, is anticipated to regroup in Rajkot on February 11, with training likely to resume the following day.
(With Agency Inputs)