Indian batsman Shreyas Ayer on Thursday vowed to return even stronger after a shoulder injury ruled him out of the ongoing ODI series against England, as well as the entire IPL from next month.
Ayer sprained his left shoulder during the field during the first ODI against England on Tuesday and he will undergo surgery that will shut him down for at least four months.
“You know what they say, the bigger the failure, the stronger the return. I’ll be back soon,” Ayer tweeted.
“I read your messages and was struck by the whole outpouring of love and support. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”
The 26-year-old is also unlikely to play for Lancashire in their one-day tournament.
Lancashire announced on Monday the signing of Ayer for the tournament, which begins on July 23.
Ayer suffered an injury in the eighth of the innings in England when diving on a stroke Johnny Beirstov offshore Shardul Thakur.
He looked in great pain as he left the field, his shoulder clenched.
On Tuesday, the BCCI said that “Shreyas Ayer removed (partially dislocated) his left shoulder at 8 a.m. while on the field. He was taken for additional scans.”
Ayer had led Delhi Capitals to the final in the previous edition of the IPL.
In his absence, the DC captaincy may be handed over to Rishabh Pant, an Australian Steve Smith or senior off-spinner R Ashwin.