After missing the T20s, Ravindra Jadeja may drop out of first two Tests against Australia as well


After having lost the three-match One Day International series against Australia by 1-2, India secured a comfortable win in the three-match Twenty20 International series by 2-0 with one game in hand. However, before the important four-match Test series, Team India got a massive blow as the all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is likely to miss the opening Test against Australia due to the concussion and a hamstring injury which he sustained during the first T20 International in Canberra.

Jadeja, who is on the verge of playing of his 50th Test, is likely to be out for at least three weeks which certainly means he wouldn’t be featured in the first Day-Night Test in Adelaide, which is slated to take place from December 17. On the other hand, if in case his hamstring tear doesn’t get recovered, it could rule him out of the second Test as well, which will be played in Melbourne from December 26.

“As per ICC’s concussion protocols, after any head injury, a player needs to be rested for 7 to 10 days, which effectively rules Jadeja out of the three-day day/night warm-up game at the SCG from December 11,” a BCCI source said to PTI on conditions of anonymity.

“Therefore, it is next to impossible that the Indian team management would field Jadeja, without any warm-up game time ahead of the opening Test,” the source further added.

Over the past few years, Ravindra Jadeja has been proving his worth every now and then and his all-round show provides the much-needed balance to the side as well. Jadeja smashed a quickfire 44 off 23 balls in the first T20I before being hit on his helmet by a bouncer from Mitchell Starc, making the way for Yuzvendra Chahal’s inclusion in the second innings as a concussion substitute as well.

However, more than the concussion, it is his hamstring injury that is likely to keep him out of the game for at least one Test if not two as well. Meanwhile, according to the BCCI sources, while he has been recovering well from the concussion, it’s his hamstring that might take some more time.

Ravindra Jadeja, in 49 Tests, has taken 213 wickets and scored 1869 runs with a century and 14 half-centuries which came at an average of 35.26. Meanwhile, his injury leaves only one spin option for India – Ravichandran Ashwin. However, it will be interesting to see how the team will proceed on this.

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