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IND vs NZ ODI Squad: Shreyas Iyer Ruled Out, Rajat Patidar Included As Replacement 


Shreyas Iyer, the top run-getter for the Men in Blue in ODIs in 2022, has been ruled out due to a back ailment, dealing a major setback to Team India ahead of their three-match ODI Series against New Zealand. Shreyas Iyer, an Indian batsman, will not play in the forthcoming three-match ODI series against New Zealand.

On Tuesday, January 17, in the late afternoon, the Board of Control for Cricket in India issued a press release announcing the development. Rajat Patidar has been chosen by the All-India Senior Selection Committee to take Shreyas Iyer’s spot. On January 18, 2023, India and New Zealand will face off in Hyderabad for the first One-Day International.

Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out

“Team India batter Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the upcoming 3-match ODI series against New Zealand due to a back injury. He will be heading to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for further assessment and management. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Rajat Patidar as a replacement for Shreyas Iyer,” read the BCCI release.

Rajat Patidar named as Iyer’s replacement 

Currently playing for Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy, Rajat Patidar has been in outstanding form. In five games (eight innings), the right-handed batter scored 438 runs, including one century and three fifty-run innings.

In three games against Sri Lanka, Shreyas Iyer, one of India’s reliable ODI batsmen in 2022, was unable to capitalise on his starts. He scored only 28, 28, and 38 in last 3 innings. The unstoppable Suryakumar Yadav will have at least three opportunities to secure his spot in the team if Iyer is unable to participate in any of the series’ games owing to a back problem. The middle order will undoubtedly increase the back-firepower end’s with Surya and Hardik Pandya.

New Zealand tour of India: ODI schedule

1st ODI – 18th January, Hyderabad

2nd ODI – 21st January, Raipur

3rd ODI – 24th January, Indore

India’s updated squad for NZ ODIs

Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat (wk), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Rajat Patidar, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik.

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