Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja dislocated his left thumb during the third day of the Sydney Test. He has now been ruled out of the first two Tests in the upcoming series with England.
Jadeja was not able to bowl in the second innings of Australia after a short ball from Mitchell Starc hit him on the gloves, requiring immediate medical attention. “Ravindra Jadeja is out of first two Tests against England. He will need 4-6 weeks minimum to recuperate and complete rehab which rules him out of first 2 tests,” a BCCI source told PTI.
The four-match Test series against England starts with a doubleheader in Chennai from 5 February.
‘He might bat if needed with an injection to save the Test’
Ravindra Jadeja came out shining in the first innings, scoring 28 runs and picking up 4 wickets. He might come out to bat on the final day of the Sydney Test with a painkiller injection as India tries to save it. “He might bat if needed with an injection to save the Test,” the source said.
India is already reeling with a slew of injuries to key players. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami have already flown back home. K L Rahul too was ruled out after injuring his left wrist while batting in the nets in Melbourne. However, Rishabh Pant, who suffered an elbow bruise will bat, Ravichandran Ashwin confirmed.