The BCCI, on Monday, confirmed allrounder Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of the fourth and final Test against Australia because of the thumb injury. The southpaw sustained the injury while batting in the first innings of the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). He was hit on his left thumb by a short delivery from Mitchell Starc.
Scans revealed that the India star had suffered a dislocation in his thumb and would remain on the sidelines for 4 to 6 weeks. Ravindra Jadeja took no further part in the SCG Test after suffering the injury in the first innings. He remained on the bench throughout the last two days as India up a heroic effort to salvage a draw.
The 32-year old would now head to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru for further management of his injury, the BCCI confirmed. The board also confirmed that Ravindra Jadeja would consult a hand specialist in Sydney before returning to India.
“Ravindra Jadeja suffered a blow to his left thumb while batting on Day 3 of the third Border-Gavaskar Test that concluded on Monday. He later went for scans and the results have shown that he has dislocated his thumb,” BCCI stated in a release.
“The all-rounder will now consult a hand specialist in Sydney before he returns to India. He will then head to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for further management of his injury. Jadeja will not be available for the fourth and final Test against Australia to be held in Brisbane from January 15-19 at the Gabba,” added the release.
Ravindra Jadeja ruled out of Border-Gavaskar Test series.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2021
Missing Ravindra Jadeja would be another huge blow for Team India who are already depleted due to absence of several key players. The allrounder was in stunning form in the ongoing tour of Australia. After missing the first Test due to an injury, he hit the ground running in the second Test by scoring 57 and taking three wickets. In the SCG Test, he picked up four wickets and played an unbeaten knock of 28 in the first innings.
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