Ravindra Jadeja likely to be rested from ODI series due to knee injury

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Team India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is slated to miss the upcoming three-match ODI series against the West Indies. The 33-year-old was appointed vice-captain of the side in the absence of several senior players.

The spin all-rounder has been quite prone to injuries since the start of the year. He missed the tour of South Africa, and left the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 midway as well. Jadeja is currently dealing with a niggle in his knee and the extent of the injury is currently being estimated following the medical tests.

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He recently played part in the tour of England, where he scored his maiden overseas Test hundred.

The BCCI are planning to rest Jadeja in order to not aggravate the niggle and are likely to field him for the subsequent five-match T20I series which begins on July 29. The all-rounder is seen as an integral part of the squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Team India currently have the in-form Deepak Hooda and Axar Patel as back-up options for Ravindra Jadeja in the spin all-rounder department.

With the position of vice-captain being vacant, the BCCI are unlikely to name a Shikhar Dhawan’s deputy for the series with the decision reportedly left up to head coach Rahul Dravid.

India will take on West Indies in the first ODI at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain later today (July 22). The two sides will compete in three ODIs.

The selection committee named a second-string squad for the initial leg of the tour, with several big names like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Hardik Pandya being rested.

ODI squad: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Ravindra Jadeja (vice-captain), Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Arshdeep Singh

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