Ravindra Jadeja suffered a freakish concussion injury during the third T20I against Australia at Canberra. Before that Jadeja showed his class with the bat and brought his A-game whenever India needed him to score runs. After suffering concussion Jadeja has not taken any further part on the Australian tour.
The India all-rounder is trying his best to recover and be ready for the remaining matches of the Test series. Team India suffered an embarrassing loss at Adelaide and are now searching for options ahead of the boxing day Test. Several reports suggest that if Jadeja wholly fit he might replace Hanuma Vihari and play as a batting all-rounder.
Ravindra Jadeja will play the second Test if he gets fully fit
Vihari failed to impress in both his knocks at Adelaide and is now not a certainty for the MCG Test. According to a BCCI source team, India feels that Jadeja bring more balance to the squad with his brilliant all-round skills. If the all-rounder can get fit in time for the next Test then he will replace Hanuma Vihari.
“If Jadeja gets fit to bowl long spells, then there is no debate at all. Jadeja replaces Vihari on the basis of his all-round skills. Also, it gives us an option to play five bowlers at the MCG”, a senior BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Meanwhile, Jadeja is the last few years has taken his game to another level and is today a trusted performer for team India. Jadeja adds value in every department of the game which will be useful for team India in the Test series. The 31-year-old can bowl long spells which will release some load from the fast bowlers.
So far is his Test career Jadeja has scored 1869 runs at an average of 35.3 including 1 century and 14 fifties. The team management will be hoping that Jadeja is available for the MCG Test and perform as he did in the white ball series. The second Test between Australia and India will begin from December 26 at MCG.