Iyer and Natarajan recover from injury, set to return for remainder of IPL 2021

Shreyas Iyer and T Natarajan are fit to play again and are eligible to return for the rest of the IPL 2021, as the BCCI has enabled franchises to bring back players who were injured or replaced for personal reasons during the first half of the season. Hemang Amin, the IPL’s chief operating officer, had advised the franchises earlier this week that the deadline for submitting replacement player lists would be August 20.

After dislocating his shoulder in March while fielding during the ODI series against England in Pune, Iyer, the appointed Delhi Capitals captain, was ruled out of the IPL, which began in April. Following the update, Rishabh Pant was named as skipper.

Iyer, along with Capitals assistant coach Pravin Amre and trainer Rajnikanth Sivagnanam, landed in Dubai on Saturday and will join the rest of the group next weekend after serving the necessary week-long quarantine. The Capitals have yet to announce if Iyer will take over as captain from Pant.

During the IPL 2020 in the UAE, T Natarajan climbed up the ranks. In the season, he took 16 wickets at an economy rate of 8.02. His pin-point yorkers were the most astounding feature of his bowling – he bowled by far the most yorkers last season. He has a wide range of sounds and a calm demeanour, which he demonstrated on his first foreign trip to Australia. His comeback would also provide some confidence to the SRH team, which is now in eighth place after only one win in seven matches. They had switched captains in the middle of the game, from 2016 IPL champion David Warner to Kane Williamson. In Dubai, SRH will play table-toppers Delhi Capitals in their first game back. Between September 19 and October 15, the second part of the IPL, consisting of 31 matches, will be held in the UAE.