R Ashwin And Ravindra Jadeja
R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Image-PTI

Ravindra Jadeja has been chosen in the team for the first two matches of the forthcoming home Test series against Australia, but his availability is still dependent on his level of health. The last time the all-rounder played for India was against Hong Kong in the Asia Cup the previous year.

The all-rounder had surgery on his injured knee, which has kept him out of action. At the National Cricket Academy (NCA), he has been receiving therapy while posting footage of his workouts.

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Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja (Getty Images)

Faf du Plessis Names Ravindra Jadeja As The One Giving Him “Sleepless Nights”

The presence of the 34-year-old will be crucial to Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid’s strategies for the home Tests against Australia, but he has not yet demonstrated his fitness. Additionally, he was absent from the T20 World Cup last year, in which India lost in the semifinals.

Faf du Plessis, a former captain of South Africa, recently acknowledged that Jadeja gave him “sleepless nights” in Test cricket during an interview with ESPNcricinfo. “Saeed Ajmal quite a bit. Then Test matches in India, it was Ravindra Jadeja “, he said.

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Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja. Image: Cricket Australia

He was also questioned about his favourite cricket-talking companions, to which he responded, “Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Those three.”

Ravichandran Ashwin Expecting Ravindra Jadeja To Be Fit In Time

Jadeja has scored 2523 runs in 60 Test matches, including three tonnes, 17 fifties, and a best score of 175 in those 60 matches. His total in 171 ODIs is 2447 runs, with 13 half-centuries and a best score of 87. With a top score of 46, he has scored 457 runs in 64 T20I outings. In terms of wickets taken, he has 242 in Test cricket, 189 in ODIs, and 51 in T20Is.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)

Even R Ashwin recently expressed optimism about Jadeja’s health. He remarked in a statement to The New Indian Express, “I put in a lot of work whenever a home series happens. I’m expecting (Ravindra) Jadeja to come through (be fit in time) but I like expanding more angles. I got some things in my head. I’ve been watching Australia play in Australia. I’d like to be working on some different angles, something new”.

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