Former India National Cricket Team opening batsman Wasim Jaffer has said that the absence of star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is undoubtedly a “cause of concern” for the Men In Blue in the Asia Cup 2022.
On September 2, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) issued an official statement in which it was asserted that the star all-rounder Jadeja sustained a right knee injury and has been ruled out of the marquee tournament.
Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Jaffer mentioned that Jadeja played a key role in India’s win over Pakistan and Hong Kong in the ongoing Asia Cup. He said that the 33-year-old, who plays all three formats for India, has been getting injured frequently in recent times, which is a cause of concern for Team India.
“I think it will be a cause of concern, there is no doubt. He played his part in these couple of games, especially against Pakistan. The way he has come in at No.4 and the way he batted till the end. He played a crucial part in India winning that game. And obviously, he bowled well against Hong Kong.”
“He is one of those guys who play all three formats. He is somebody who plays Tests, One-day and T20s so that (injury) is bound to happen. He is not getting any younger. But yeah, the frequency with which he has got injured the last few times. That is cause for concern,” said Jaffer.
India is very very lucky to have a like-for-like replacement in Axar Patel – Wasim Jaffer
Indian domestic cricket Legend, Jaffer, further said that the India National Cricket Team are lucky to have a like-for-like replacement for Jadeja in Axar Patel.
“But saying that, India is very very lucky to have a like-for-like replacement in Axar Patel. The way he batted in West Indies, and the way he played some crucial knocks. India won’t miss the batting of Ravindra Jadeja.”
“We might see Axar bowl in the powerplay, something which he has done for Delhi Capitals before. Especially, bowling to right-handers he is a very good bowler. Even though India will miss Ravindra Jadeja, but saying that Axar Patel is not a bad replacement,” said Jaffer.
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