India’s middle-order Shreyas Iyer arrived in Dubai on Saturday to practice for the second leg of the Indian Premier League starting on September 19. Under Iyer’s leadership, the Delhi Capitals reached the final of the IPL 2020. He is returning to the sport after completing five months of rehabilitation from injury. He underwent shoulder surgery on April 8 this year after being injured on the field during a one-day match in Pune in March.
A senior official for Delhi Capitals said of the privacy situation, “Yes, Shreyas has already reached Dubai and will start training after completing all quarantine protocols. The Delhi Capitals team will travel to Dubai by the end of this month. Iyer is accompanied by his childhood coach Praveen Amre, who helps with practice and is also the batting coach of the Delhi Capitals.
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“Praveen is accompanied by Shreyas to help him and when the team and net bowlers are not available,” the source said. Praveen Shreyas is expected to help since outside bowlers do not practice as per BCCI rules. In the midst of the Kovid-19 epidemic, it is very difficult to find time to practice well in India. Before heading to the UAE, the Delhi Capitals will have a quarantine in India for five to six days. This will delay their training time by at least 10 days.
“They can now make full use of this time and join the main team three weeks before the start of the tournament,” the source said. Earlier this week, PTI reported that members of the Indian team of limited overs had received a fitness certificate from the National Cricket Academy after a week’s investigation as per BCCI rules.
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Under Iyer’s leadership, the team reached the final of the IPL in the last edition, but Rishabh Pant, who took over the team in the first leg of the year, is likely to continue in his role. After the Kovid-19 cases in the Bio-Bubble of the IPL, the remaining 31 matches of the league will be played for 27 days, starting with the match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.