Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is likely to miss the first Test against Australia in Adelaide due to concussion and hamstring injury. The Indian all-rounder was hit on the head by a bouncer from Mitchell Starc and was later substituted in the second innings with Yuzvendra Chahal. After a proper check-up by the Indian medical staff, he was ruled out from the two T20Is. Now as per reports in PTI, Jadeja is likely to miss the first Test as well.
Jadeja is eyeing a milestone in the Day-Night Test in Adelaide which will be his 50th. In case he does not recover from the hamstring injury, he might be ruled out from the second Test as well.
“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 source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“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 source added.
Ravindra Jadeja Likely To Miss First Test vs Australia
Meanwhile, as per BCCI sources, Jadeja is recovering well from the concussion, while his hamstring injury is a major concern. In fact, one of the on-air commentators, during the second day of the warm-up game between India A and Australia A, said that “news is Jadeja might be out for three weeks” due to concussion.
Ravindra Jadeja has been a regular member of the Test side since a while now. He has been the preferred option when India has played a specialist spinner in overseas conditions edging R Ashwin to the spot. His batting both in white-ball and red-ball cricket has improved by leaps and bounds in the last two years. India would definitely miss him with the bat too if he fails to get fit in time.
In 49 Tests, he has taken 213 wickets and scored 1869 runs with a hundred and 14 fifties at an average of 35.26.