India will take on Australia in the first Test of the four-match series at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur, on Thursday, February 9. Former Pakistan leg spinner Danish Kaneria believes that the team management shouldn’t rush Ravindra Jadeja’s selection in the first match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) 2023 as he is coming from a long-term injury.
The star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja suffered a knee injury during the Asia Cup last year and was sidelined for five months. Jadeja was included in the squad for the first two Test matches against Australia. The left-arm spinner proved his match fitness in a Ranji Trophy matches ahead of the series. The southpaw made his return to competitive cricket by representing Saurashtra and took seven wickets in Tamil Nadu’s second innings.
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Need A Regular Keeper To Do The Glove Work – Danish Kaneria
In a video on his YouTube channel, Danish Kaneria said that Ravindra Jadeja needed some more time to regain full match fitness and should not play in the first game. Kaneria believes that regular wicketkeeper KS Bharat should keep the stumps and not rely on KL Rahul.
“I doubt whether Ravindra Jadeja will play the first Test. He is back in the team after a long-term injury and might need some time to regain complete match fitness. It won’t be a bad idea to not rush him back and play him directly in the second Test.”
“You will need a regular keeper to do the glove work. India can’t depend on KL Rahul with the gloves in Test cricket. This is where they will miss the services of Rishabh Pant. I feel Test cricket hasn’t seen a player like Rishabh Pant in the past decade, who like Adam Gilchrist, used to go out and used to turn the game on its head.”
The 34-year-old played a crucial role in winning the Test series against Australia at home in 2017. He was the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, picking up 25 wickets in four matches at an average of 18.56. He was named Player of the Series for his performance. His role will be more crucial in the absence of injured middle-order batters Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer.
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