Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the three-match ODI series against New Zealand due to a groin injury. The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) gave this information on Wednesday. Iyer, who has failed to convert starts into big knocks in recent times, will now head to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) where his injury will be assessed and managed. “Team India batsman Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match series against New Zealand due to a groin injury,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a statement.
Rajat Patidar, who plays for Madhya Pradesh in domestic cricket and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, has been included in the Indian squad for the series against New Zealand as a replacement for Iyer. The first ODI between India and New Zealand will be played on Wednesday. Iyer was dismissed after scoring 28, 28 and 38 in the last three innings. In Iyer’s presence, Suryakumar Yadav will get at least three chances to cement his place in the team. Indian ODI squad for New Zealand series: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat, Hardik Pandya, Rajat Patidar, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Umran Malik.