Ravindra Jadeja, a senior veteran all-rounder who dislocated his left thumb on day three of the third Test against Australia on Saturday, has been ruled out of the first two Test games in the upcoming series against England.
Ravindra Jadeja was not able to bowl in Australia’s second innings after a short ball from Mitchell Starc hit him on the gloves, requiring immediate medical attention.
Ravindra Jadeja Out Of First 2 Tests Against England And Will Need 4-6 Weeks Rehabilitation
India will play 4 Tests-2 in Chennai and 2 in Ahmedabad. The limited over series will follow the Test series. India and England will also play 5 T20Is all at Ahmedabad and 3 ODIs in Pune.
“Ravindra Jadeja is out of first two Tests against England. He will need 4-6 weeks minimum to recuperate and complete rehab which rules him out of first 2 tests,” a BCCI source told PTI.
The left-handed cricketer, who made a valuable unbeaten 28 and took four wickets in the first innings might take a painkiller injection and come out to bat on the final day of the game at SCG as India seek to save the Test chasing a difficult 407 to win.
He scored 57 and took 3 wickets in 1st Test. He averages 85 with bat and 15 with the ball which is remarkable but he will be missed more because several other cricketers in the squad are also out injured.
“He might bat if needed with injection to save the Test,” the source added.
The four-Test series against England starts with a doubleheader in Chennai from February 5.
Rishabh Pant Suffered Elbow Bruise And Wriddhiman Saha Kept Wickets Substituting Him
Rishabh Pant also suffered an elbow bruise will bat, as confirmed by senior player Ravichandran Ashwin. India have been hit by a slew of injuries in the ongoing 4 Test series with senior pacers Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami already flown back home after suffering injuries. Batsman KL Rahul too was ruled out after injuring his left wrist while batting in the nets in Melbourne to add to India’s woes.
Wriddhiman Saha kept for Rishabh Pant in Australia’s second innings after the latter was hit on the elbow by Pat Cummins while batting on day three. Both Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant were taken for scans but fortunately for India, the wicketkeeper’s injury is not as serious as Ravindra Jadeja’s.