The Indian team has received a discouraging piece of news regarding all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. The visitors could take the field for the first Test in Adelaide against Australia without Ravindra Jadeja, who sustained a concussion and hamstring injury in the first T20 international in Canberra. The 32-year old could be out for at least three weeks, almost certainly missing the opening Test.
Ravindra Jadeja has been in an ominous form with the bat, having crafted multiple innings of substance in the white-ball games. The southpaw played two crucial innings in the third ODI and first T20I – both in Canberra, that helped India win the game. A Mitchell Starc bouncer in the last over of the first innings led him to suffer a concussion and play no further part in the game.
At the same time, Jadeja also struggled to run between the wickets due to a hamstring injury. As a result, he was also ruled out of the T20 series and the BCCI announced Shardul Thakur as his replacement. The 32-year old is quite a handy all-rounder in Test cricket, having played 49 Tests after debuting in 2012. He has 1869 runs at 35.26 while claiming 213 wickets at 24.63 apiece.
Ravindra Jadeja also ruled out of the three-day day/night warm-up game:
As per ICC’s concussion protocols, a player has to rest for seven to ten days after a head injury, effectively keeping Jadeja out of the pink-ball warm-up match in Sydney from the 11th of December. A BCCI source said that it is impossible to include any player in the opening Test without a practice match.
“As per ICC’s concussion protocols, after any head injury, a player needs to be rested for 7 to 10 days, which effectively rules Jadeja out of the three-day day/night warm-up game at the SCG from December 11. Therefore, it is next to impossible that the Indian team management would field Jadeja, without any warm-up game time ahead of the opening Test,” a BCCI source told PTI.