India allrounder Ravindra Jadeja seems to have caught up an injury during the Headingley Test against England, which concluded on Saturday with the hosts winning the match by an innings and 76 runs, and levelling the series 1-1.
Ravindra Jadeja Posts Picture From Hospital:
A few hours following the game, Ravindra Jadeja uploaded a photo of himself on his Instagram story from a hospital wearing a green scrub. He captioned the Instagram story, “Not a good place to be at”.
There hasn’t been an official news update about Ravindra Jadeja’s fitness yet. He did make a slip while fielding during England’s first innings on Day 1. However, he returned to the field and bowled on both Day 1 and 2. The left-hander batted in India’s second innings, and didn’t show any sign of discomfort as he scored 30 runs off 25 balls.
Ravindra Jadeja has featured in all the three Tests so far in the series; he has been preferred over Ravichandran Ashwin as the spin-bowling allrounder. He has scored 133 runs at 26.60 while batting mostly with the tail with a best of 56. With the ball, the southpaw has managed only two wickets, but at an economy of 2.44; he hardly got conditions to assist him in the first two Tests.
I think this template works: Virat Kohli to continue with four pacers
Captain Virat Kohli said he would continue with the 4 pacers plus one spinner bowling combination – unless the conditions force him to bring in a second spinner for a seamer.
However, if Ravindra Jadeja is not deemed fit for the fourth Test, which is just a few days away, as unlikely as it seems, then R Ashwin may come in the side, but that would mean weakening the batting further than it already is with four pacers.
“We have to obviously assess the surface that we are going to play on. Forecast is something that no one really knows in this country. It all depends on the pitch,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.“I think this template works. If you are consistent enough, the pressure from the fourth seamer, especially when you lose the toss and you have to bowl first, that comes in very handy because when you have two spinners you can only attack with three seamers and then the spinners are into play on a fresh wicket on Day 1.”
The fourth Test at the Kennington Oval commences on September 2. England may miss Jos Buttler as he and his wife are expecting their child early next month. India are likely to rest and rotate their pacers.