Last Update on: December 14th, 2021 at 02:55 pm
If reports are true, that in what can only be called a shocking development, India’s ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is thinking of quitting the Test format in order to prolong his limited-overs career for the Indian team.
In the last few years, the 33-year-old from Saurashtra has developed into a brilliant and reliable batter and he was always a great left-arm spinner. The southpaw has been a keystone of the Test team in recent years and his numbers are also astounding. Jadeja is also considered to be one of the greatest fielders in the world today and has been lauded by the likes of Jonty Rhodes as well, who is considered to be the greatest fielder of his generation.
Jadeja has even ousted his partner-in-crime Ravichandran Ashwin to become the preferred spinner in overseas Tests, as recently he played in all four Tests against England, with Ashwin warming the bench, even on the spin-friendly pitch at the Oval.
Ravindra Jadeja Looking To Bid Farewell To Test Cricket Considering Recent Bout Of Injuries
The left-arm all-rounder has amazing numbers in Test cricket. Featuring in 57 Tests, the southpaw has scored 2195 runs at an average of 33.76. He also has a hundred to his name. Jadeja has also bagged 232 wickets at an average of just under 25 and an economy of 2.41. Notably, he’s the fastest left-arm bowler to complete 200 wickets in Test cricket, achieving the feat in his 44th game in 2019.
However, daily newspaper Dainik Jagran has reported that one of Jadeja’s teammate has told them that the left-hander is considering retirement from the longest format of the game. Notably, Jadeja had suffered a forearm injury during the home series against New Zealand last month and had to sit out the final Test.
The same issue has also resulted in him missing the Test series in South Africa and while the fans are expecting him to make a comeback soon, the all-rounder may not feature in Test matches anymore.
India is scheduled to play three Tests and three ODIs in South Africa beginning with the first Test on December 26 in Centurion. Apart from Jadeja, Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, and Axar Patel will also miss the Test series due to their respective injuries.