Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer, who struggled with a back injury, often had unbearable pain and when the pain did not subside, he used to worry about his career. Before the operation, Iyer was so upset with the pain that he himself could not understand what he was going through. The 28-year-old has now recovered from the injury and has returned to the Indian squad for the Asia Cup. Iyer is currently attending the conditioning camp and has been playing for the BCCI. In a conversation with TV, he told how much pain he went through in recent times.
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Recalling his struggle during the injury days, Iyer said, "It was actually a slip disc that was pressing my nerve and the pain was going up to the little toe. It was a frightening period. It was unbearable pain and I couldn't understand what I was going through," he said.
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"I had reached a stage where I realised That I had to undergo an operation. The middle-order batsman also thanked his teammates who supported him during difficult times and warmly welcomed him back into the team. "To be honest, it gives me immense pleasure to join the team and see the happy faces all around and I am thrilled to be back," Iyer said.
Iyer played his last match for India in March as the fourth and final Test match against Australia. After this, due to injury, he could not even lead Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2023. Iyer said his decision to undergo the surgery was the right one as he still has a long time to play cricket.
"So I thought getting the surgery was the best decision and I was really happy with the decision. After the operation, the surgeon also said that it was a very good decision. The days he spent at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) after the operation were a tough test for him.
"It was a tough testing phase and the physios and trainers were confident of my strong comeback but in my mind I could feel the pain. At that time, I was unaware whether I would be able to pass this test or not. But after some time, the pain started to subside and the strength of my leg started returning.
Iyer wants to make a strong comeback in the Asia Cup with an eye on the upcoming ODI World Cup but he does not want to put pressure on himself by thinking too far ahead and wants to live in the present. "What's important for me right now is to focus on the present and keep my routine right. I don't want to think about what will happen next and what has happened in the past."
"As far as preparation is concerned, I trained very well for two days with my teammates and it was competitive. So I am happy to enjoy every moment right now," said The Indian team selected for the Asia Cup which is currently undergoing a training camp in Bengaluru. Their first match in the Asia Cup will be against Pakistan on September 2.
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