After having won the second Test against Australia, Team India suffered batting woes and now they have received a huge blow as their veteran campaigner Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of the ongoing as well as the rest of the game after sustaining a left thumb dislocation and fracture. Notably, the final Test will be played in Brisbane, starting from January 15 as well.
However, not only Jadeja but wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant too has been injured his elbow. But, there is some good news for the team as Pant’s elbow injury is not that serious and he is expected to be available when India will bat in the second innings in the Test match.
Meanwhile, both players had to undergo scans after being hit by short balls from the mighty Australian pace bowlers on the third day of the Test match. Pant got an elbow injury after being hit by none other than pace spearhead Pat Cummins when he was looking settled during his 36 off 67 balls and trying to hit a pull shot.
He was in pain after that and after getting on-field treatment which was included strapping a bandage, he was seen in action again but couldn’t grab the pace and lost the flow as Josh Hazlewood dismissed him eventually. Meanwhile, the experienced campaigner Wriddhiman Saha has replaced Pant as per the recent amendment in the ICC playing conditions as well.
“Ravindra Jadeja has suffered a dislocation and fracture on his left thumb. It will be very difficult for him to wear those gloves and bat,” a senior BCCI source told PTI on Saturday. “In any case, he will be out of action for at least two to three weeks which rules him out of the final Test. Pant will be able to bat as his injury isn’t that serious.”
“Rishabh Pant was hit on the left elbow while batting in the second session on Saturday. He has been taken for scans,” the BCCI had earlier stated in a media release.
On the other hand, Jadeja has sustained a massive blow to his left thumb and he is unlikely to bowl in the game after he was being taken for scans to check on the damage to his bowling hand. It is also noteworthy that, his 28-run knock took India to limit Australia’s first-innings lead to less than 100 but couldn’t contribute much as a short ball from Mitchell Starc hit him on the gloves and left him in pain.
“Ravindra Jadeja suffered a blow to his left thumb while batting. He has been taken for scans,” the BCCI has stated in another media release after the injury as well.
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