INDIA: Shreyas Iyer, a team India batsman, will not participate in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand that begins on Wednesday in Hyderabad (January 18). Iyer will miss all three of the ODIs against the Kiwis due to a back issue.
Rajat Patidar of Royal Challengers Bangalore has been selected by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to replace Iyer in the lineup.
Shreyas Iyer will not play in the next three-match ODI series against New Zealand
He will join the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for additional oversight and evaluation. Rajat Patidar has been chosen by the All-India Senior Selection Committee to replace Shreyas Iyer, according to a BCCI press release.
Iyer’s exclusion from the ODI series allows Suryakumar Yadav to rejoin the starting XI after missing the three ODI matches against Sri Lanka, which India won 3-0.
In addition to Iyer, KL Rahul will also miss the series. He decided to forgo the series in order to marry Bollywood actress Athiya Shetty. The current favourites to replace both are Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan.
Patidar, a Madhya Pradesh batsman, has been timing the ball well lately. He helped Royal Challengers Bangalore win last year’s playoff match against Lucknow Super Giants by scoring his first IPL century.
Patidar has a strike rate of 97.45 in 51 List-A games, three hundreds, and eight fifties. The first ODI in the three-match series between India and the Black Caps will be played in Hyderabad, followed by games two and three at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.
Revised Indian squad
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, and Umran Malik.
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