IPL 2024 Final – Shreyas Iyer on his old numbers – 'I expressed my concern, no one agreed'

He had missed a few first-class matches last season due to back problems, which resulted in him losing his central contract with the BCCI.

Shreyas Iyer's availability was in the spotlight at the start of 2024 KKR Knights Club

Indian dough Shreyas Iyer said he raised concerns about back problems while playing the “longer format” after the 2023 ODI World Cup, but “no one agreed”.

“I was really struggling after the World Cup in the longer format,” Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Iyer said a day before the IPL final against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Chennai. “When I raised my concerns, no one agreed.

“But at the same time, the competition is against myself. Going into the IPL, all I wanted to see was that I gave my best and regardless of the planning and strategy that we [KKR] “

Iyer had recovered from a back injury to make his comeback in the Asian Cup last year, before playing in the ODI World Cup in October-November. Then, in early 2024, he was selected for the first two home Tests against England, before being ruled out. for the remaining three tests. At the time, it was understood that Iyer suffered back spasms a day or two after the second Test but was cleared for selection. Then, while not in the Test team, he continued miss a few Ranji Trophy matches for his national team, Mumbai. ESPNcricinfo had reported that he had informed the Mumbai Cricket Association that he was suffering from “back spasms” even though he had been cleared for selection by the BCCI medical staff.

It also emerged that Iyer had attended a KKR pre-season camp when he missed one of the Ranji Trophy matches. He then returned to play Ranji Trophy semi-finals and finalbut he had then lost his BCCI central contract. Days earlier, BCCI secretary Jay Shah had warned players to not prioritizing IPL over domestic cricket. Iyer lost his central contract despite meeting the minimum criteria set by the board in terms of matches played.

A few weeks later, during the Ranji Trophy Final against Vidarbha, Iyer was out of the field for two consecutive days due to back problems.

Talking about his preparations for the IPL, Iyer said: “The transformation from red ball cricket to white ball, it's a bit difficult as a batsman and also as a bowler I think. It was a bit difficult at first, but once you get used to it, I think you need to pick up the pace and move forward with the other players.

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