Team India suffers major setback as Iyer ruled out of ODI series against New Zealand

Team India has received a major setback as middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match ODI series against New Zealand starting January 18th in Hyderabad due to a back injury.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Tuesday that Iyer will be heading to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for further assessment and management. Rajat Patidar, who has yet to make his debut, has been named as Iyer's replacement in the ODI squad for the series. The 28-year-old Iyer also played a crucial role in India's Test series victory over Bangladesh in December last year, scoring 87 and 29* in the deciding match at Mirpur.

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