Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is likely to miss out on team India’s playing XI for the first Test between India and Australia that is set to be played from December 17. Jadeja suffered from a hamstring injury in the first T20I between India and Australia at Canberra. Although he fought through the pain and played a brilliant knock of 44, he also got hit on the head by a thunderbolt from Mitchell Starc.
Jadeja faced concussion issues post the first innings and he was replaced by Yuzvendra Chahal in India’s playing XI in the second innings. Jadeja’s 44 was crucial in India winning the first T20I, but he was ruled out of the remainder of the T20I series as he has been advised to rest. Although he may recover from concussion within 10 days, Jadeja may not be fit enough to play in the first Test at Adelaide due to his hamstring.
“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,” A BCCI official was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
“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,” the BCCI source further added.
Jadeja’s absence will be a huge blow for India as he has been their premier spinner in overseas conditions and has also been more than handy with the bat of late. However, the Indian team will be confident that Ravichandran Ashwin would be experienced enough to fit into Jadeja’s void and make sure that they do not feel the pinch of his absence.
Ashwin has got four Test centuries to his name and will be hoping to improve on his overseas record as a bowler. Thus India will be hoping that Ashwin will be able to deliver for India in Jadeja’s absence.