Delhi Daredevils batsman Shreyas Iyer is set to miss the first few games of IPL 2017. The 22-year old Iyer is suffering from chickenpox, as reported by Wisden India, and won’t take part for the starting few matches of Daredevils’ IPL 10 campaign.
The Mumbai-born batsman was recently called in as cover for the injured Virat Kohli for the concluding Test of the recent India-Australia series in Dharamsala. Although Iyer didn’t get to play in the first team, this was his first Test call-up.
Iyer joins a long list of Indians who aren’t fit to take part in the IPL. Indian captain Virat Kohli leads the list, with Team India stars like Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay and KL Rahul also out of the IPL for different periods of time.
Iyer grabbed eyeballs in 2015, when he was bought by the Delhi Daredevils franchise for a whopping Rs. 2.6 crore. He made the opportunity count, winning the Emerging Player of the Year tournament after accumulating 439 runs from 14 matches.
Last year, however, Iyer couldn’t live up to the expectations, managing a meagre 30 runs from six games at an average of 5.00. His strike rate also fell below the 70 mark.
The Delhi franchise is already battling with injuries: Quinton de Kock might not play a single match for the side, while JP Duminy, a regular feature of the Delhi outfit, pulled out of the tournament for personal reasons.
The Daredevils play their opening game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 8.
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