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Shreyas Iyer May Replace Captain Virat Kohli For One-Off India-Afghanistan Test

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| May 7 , 2018 , 17:21 IST

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has earlier confirmed playing maiden County this year and this sojourn is expected to open gates of Delhi Daredevils skipper Shreyas Iyer to join the Indian cricket's team for the one-off Test against Afghanistan starting June 14.

While Kohli will be busy for the entire month of June playing for Surrey in County, Ajinka Rahana might lead the Test team whereas Rohit Sharma is likely to be the in-charge of Indian squad T20 Internationals against Ireland in Dublin, two of which Virat will miss.

Starting at the end of June, Ireland with be taken over by Kohli at the start of July. Apart from Virat, all the Test team regulars are expected to be in action against Afghanistan. The national selection committee is meeting on Tuesday to pick a host of squads.

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Iyer was earlier selected as Kohli's cover during the Dharamsala Test against Australia in 2017 but couldn't find a place in playing XI due to Kuldeep Yadav's successful outing. However, there are high chances for the player making his Test debut against Afghanistan.

As suggested by the pattern of the current selection panel, led by MSK Prasad, Iyer could be running as Virat Kohli's replacement. "We have like for like replacements. For Kohli, it has been Iyer. For Jadeja, it's Axar Patel, for Hardik Pandya, it is Vijay Shankar. So you cannot miss the pattern," a selection committee member said.

While Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rahane are certainly in the playing XI, Iyer will have to fight for his place along with Rohit Sharma. Iyer has an aggregate of 3989 runs in 46 first-class matches at an average of 53.90.