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IPL 10: Shreyas Iyer ruled out of first few matches due to chicken pox

Earlier, JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock had pulled out of IPL 2017 from Delhi Daredevils camp.

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Shreyas Iyer has started the Ranji season 2015-16 in red hot form. (Photo Source: BCCI)

The casualty list of the IPL 2017 does not seem to end. Delhi Daredevils batsman Shreyas Iyer became the latest victim to be ruled out of the first few matches of the Indian Premier League 2017. As per the recent reports in the Wisden India, the Delhi Daredevils camp confirmed the same and Iyer will be out of action due to chicken pox. Shreyas Iyer is certainly not the first player from the Delhi camp to be joining the list of injured players.

Wicket keeper batsman Quinton de Kock had earlier pulled out of the tournament due to an injury. His South African team mate JP Duminy had also opted out of IPL 10 because of personal reasons. In essence, the team camp was already dented even before they could start their campaign. The addition of Iyer to the list of unavailable players only adds to misery of the Daredevils.

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Interestingly, in the last season, it was Kolkata Knight Riders player Manish Pandey who had missed out on some crucial matches for his side because of chicken pox too. For the moment, the DD management will hope for a speedy recovery of the talented opening batsman.

Iyer had joined the Delhi roster in the IPL back in 2015 when he was bought for a mammoth INR 2.6 crore at the auction – a record price for an uncapped player at that time. He had also emerged as the leading run scorer in the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 for the Mumbai team, who had managed to win the title that season.

Also, he is rated very high by his coaches. Delhi Daredevils mentor Rahul Dravid rates him pretty high too. Recently, when the former the cricketer was asked about the absence of Duminy and De Kock hurting them, Dravid had cited this as an opportunity for the youngsters to step up and take responsibility.

“We do have talented players like Sam Billings and hopefully they can go up and perform. We have guys like Karun (Nair), Sanju (Samson), Shreyas (Iyer) and (Aditya) Tare, Rishabh (Pant). We will also look to strategise better and give the younger players a good opportunity,” Rahul Dravid had quoted.

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