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Syed Mushtaq Ali 2020-21 : Suryakumar Yadav to lead Mumbai in Iyer’s absence

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Suryakumar Yadav, who had an excellent Indian Premier League season, will lead the Mumbai side in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in the absence of Shreyas Iyer who has been nursing a shoulder injury and will go to the NCA for rehab.

Suryakumar Yadav was right at the centre of Mumbai Indians having a glory run in the Indian Premier League to secure their fifth IPL season, but his exploits went unnoticed by the senior selection committee who didn’t pick him for the Australia tour. However, he will have a crack to make it to the T20I side with a good performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

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Iyer played all the games in the ODIs and T20Is against Australia but suffered a shoulder injury later which has now ruled him out of the side for the Mushtaq Ali Trophy. However, he has an outside chance of making it to the knockouts if Mumbai qualify for the same.

“Iyer’s clinical assessment will be done at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore on December 27. Thereafter, we will get an idea whether he will be available for the Syed Mushtaq Ali knockouts, which are scheduled to begin from January 26,” a source in the BCCI told TOI.

“Iyer had informed us that he won’t be available for Mumbai due to a shoulder injury, for which he has to go to the NCA.”

Tare named Suryakumar Yadav’s deputy

Although Iyer is absent from the side, Mumbai have a near full-strength squad at their disposal with the likes of Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sarfaraz Khan, Siddhesh Lad, Tushar Deshpande, and Dhawal Kulkarni being named in the squad. While Yadav will lead the side, veteran Aditya Tare will be his deputy.

Mumbai Squad: Suryakumar Yadav (Captain), Aditya Tare (Vice-Captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Aakarshit Gomel, Sarfaraz Khan, Siddhesh Lad, Shivam Dube, Shubham Ranjane, Sujit Nayak, Sairaj Patil, Tushar Deshpande, Dhawal Kulkarni, Minad Manjrekar, Prathamesh Dake, Atharva Ankolekar, Shashank Attarde, Shams Mulani, Hardik Tamore, Akash Parkar and Sufiyan Shaikh.