Shreyas Iyer Starts His Training With Pravin Amre To Be Fit For The UAE Leg Of IPL 2021
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Shreyas Iyer Starts His Training With Pravin Amre To Be Fit For The UAE Leg Of IPL 2021

Shreyas Iyer. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Shreyas Iyer. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Shreyas Iyer, the Delhi Capitals regular skipper has started his training and is working towards being fit for the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League 2021. Shreyas Iyer, who led Delhi Capitals to the final of the IPL last year, started his training five days ago at the indoor BKC facility in Mumbai with Pravin Amre.

Earlier this month, Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of his Royal London One-Day Cup stint with Lancashire. Rishabh Pant was made Delhi Capitals captain after usual leader Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the IPL 2021 due to a shoulder injury he sustained during the ODI series against England. But IPL 2021 was postponed due to a bio bubble breach which will see Shreyas Iyer back in action.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer of Delhi Capitals in action during a match ©BCCI

Shreyas Iyer Starts Training With Pravin Amre

Pravin Amre, who has largely been credited to the revival of Prithvi Shaw’s batting prowess after a poor Australia tour last year, has been engaged by the franchise to assist Shreyas Iyer in his training. They will continue to work till July 31 after which Shreyas Iyer has to report at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

“They have been working indoors mainly because there is no permission to do so outside. And there has been rain in Mumbai too,” a franchise source said.

File image of former India cricketer Pravin Amre | Sportzpics for BCCI
File image of former India cricketer Pravin Amre | Sportzpics for BCCI

The source added that the fitness go-ahead will eventually be given by the NCA authorities but going by the progress shown in the last five days, Shreyas Iyer should be fit by the time the IPL restarts. The tournament will resume in UAE on September 19 while Delhi Capitals play their first match on September 22 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was given the captaincy duties and he did well leading Delhi Capitals to the top of the points table with 6 wins in 8 matches before the tournament was suspended mid-season owing to the covid-19 outbreak amongst multiple franchises.

The IPL will now be the only tournament where Shreyas Iyer will get the opportunity to prove his form and fitness to the national selectors before the forthcoming T20I World Cup. The right-hander was impressive in the T20I series against England at home, but Suryakumar Yadav seems to have almost booked a middle-order slot for himself.

Khalaf Bukhatir: To Host IPL Once Again Is A Privilege

The day after the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the schedule of the IPL, Sharjah Cricket Stadium authorities have said the venue is ready to deliver secure games. Sharjah has been allotted 10 of the remaining 31 IPL games by the BCCI.

“We are more than ready and looking forward to hosting the players in a safe and secure environment. Our facilities continue to be upgraded and our pitches, as the past has shown, are ideal for an event like the IPL. To host this world-class tournament once again is a privilege,” Khalaf Bukhatir, the CEO of Sharjah Cricket Stadium, said.

Khalaf Bukhatir is ready to serve the cricket in the UAE. — Supplied photo
Khalaf Bukhatir is ready to serve cricket in the UAE. — Supplied photo

During IPL 2020, the Sharjah Stadium witnessed the highest run chase in the history of IPL when Rajasthan Royals knocked off 223 against Punjab Kings. The first match at the ground this year will be a contest between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore on September 24. The ground will also host two play-off games – Qualifier 2 on October 11 and the Eliminator on October 13.

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