3 Players who can replace Ravindra Jadeja for the Test series against England
Jadeja injured his thumb during
Updated - Jan 12, 2021 2:57 pm
Indian cricket team has been plagued with injuries in the ongoing India tour of Australia as one after the other the visiting players are suffering from injuries and are returning back to India mid-way. The new addition to this is veteran spin all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. The Men in Blue received a massive blow ahead of the last Test against Australia, starting from January 15 in Brisbane, as Jadeja has been ruled out of the remainder of the Border Gavaskar Trophy.
The all-rounder suffered a blow to his left thumb while batting on Day 3 of the third Test at SCG that concluded on Monday and resulted in a draw. Ravindra Jadeja’s scan reports showed that he has dislocated his thumb and will need to undergo rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru for further management of his injury. He also underwent an operation in Sydney on Tuesday.
Moreover, reports also suggest that Jadeja had injured himself badly and can be out of action for as long as February 20 or even further. This means that the 32-year-old can sit out for at least the first two Test matches of the four-match Test series against England, starting from February 5 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
He is a vital cog in India’s line-up in the purest format of the game as he has the ability to be a match-winner both with the willow and the ball. The absence of Ravindra Jadeja also opens the doors of opportunities for the other players who are looking forward to proving their credentials as a Test player.
Here’s the list of 3 players who can replace the all-rounder if he misses the England Test series:
The slow left-arm orthodox bowler, hailing from Muzaffarpur, Shahbaz Nadeem is hailed as a promising bowler who can do wonders for India on the big stage if nurtured properly. Apart from being renowned for his courageous left-arm slow bowling, Nadeem is an agile fielder as well.
The spinner boasts of having stunning numbers to his name in the domestic circuit especially in the First-class games. He has featured in 117 first-class fixtures scalping a whopping 443 wickets at an economy rate of 2.70 and an average of 28.7. One of the most under-rated spinners of India, Nadeem bagged his maiden Test debut cap in a home game against South Africa on October 19, 2019.
The Bihar-born had an impressive debut as he picked 4 wickets across two innings at an economy of 2.30. However, he failed to make it to the playing XI of the national team after that. The absence of Ravindra Jadeja can be a good opportunity for Shahbaz Nadeem to excel at the big stage.