Iyer had earlier featured in India’s Group Stage games against arch-rivals Pakistan and Nepal in the Asia Cup. He managed to score 14 runs against Pakistan.
However, a back spasm sidelined him for the Super Four clashes against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, both of which India won, securing their spot in the final.
During Iyer’s absence, KL Rahul stepped in and made a significant impact with a century against Pakistan and a valuable 39 runs against Sri Lanka.
In the recent optional practice session, Iyer engaged in some light batting practice, signaling his gradual return to full fitness. His consistency, ability to handle spin bowling, and adept strike rotation have solidified his position in India’s middle-order.
There’s no doubt that his skills will be invaluable during the Asia Cup and the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, scheduled to be held in India from October 5 onwards.
India are set to face Bangladesh in their Super Four clash on Friday. Currently, India lead the table with two wins and four points. In contrast, Bangladesh find itself at the bottom, having lost both of its matches and will be playing to salvage pride in the upcoming fixtures.
(With ANI inputs)