Tomorrow is the start of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. The four-match Test series will feature strong squads from both Australia and India. Josh Hazlewood and Shreyas Iyer won’t be available to them for the first Test, though.
Since 2023, Iyer, a middle-order batter for India, has experienced injury problems. Due to a back injury, he was unable to participate in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand. He won’t be able to play in the opening Test against Australia due to a similar injury. ESPNCricinfo reports that Iyer has been instructed to spend more time in rehabilitation by National Cricket Academy (NCA) officials.
Due to an Achilles injury, Australian pacer Hazlewood will not play in the opening Test. Even the possibility that he might miss the second game has been mentioned in reports.
In recent Test matches, Hazlewood and Iyer each contributed to their teams’ victory. We will attempt to analyse who will be the biggest miss in the opening test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2023 in this listicle.
In November 2021 at Green Park against New Zealand, Shreyas Iyer played in his first Test match. He has so far appeared in seven Test matches for India, recording 624 runs at an average of 56.73 over 12 innings. In those 12 innings, Iyer scored a century and five half-centuries.
His statistics show that by adding to the Indian middle order, he has had a significant impact. Iyer played in seven Test matches, which gave him valuable red-ball cricket experience.
India will have to try a new player at number five now that Shreyas Iyer has been forced to withdraw from the opening Test. Ajinkya Rahane was not chosen by the selectors, nor was Hanuma Vihari from a group of seasoned cricketers taken into consideration. Rishabh Pant has also been eliminated.