The talented all-rounder, unable to play in the series opener due to an upper back spasm, has begun training and is expected to be fit for selection. Despite the disheartening loss against South Africa in the Boxing Day Test, there is hope for Team India in the form of Ravindra Jadeja. The left-hander would have likely provided a similar level of resilience with the ball, but it is his ability to handle the pace and bounce of the fast bowlers that truly set him apart.
According to the news agency PTI, Jadeja participated in the warm-up session prior to the commencement of Day 3. The all-rounder displayed no signs of discomfort as he effortlessly completed several 30 to 40-meter sprints during the morning session. With four days remaining until the second and final Test in Cape Town, there is a strong possibility of Jadeja making a comeback. However, it is unlikely that he will replace Ashwin. After Shardul Thakur’s performance as the fourth seamer, the Indian team management may be tempted to include both Ashwin and Jadeja in the playing XI. This would provide stability at one end, allowing Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah to unleash their striking abilities from the other end. India has also summoned Avesh Khan, who was already in South Africa as a member of the India A team, for the Cape Town Test. This development strongly suggests that Prasidh Krishna is unlikely to retain his position. In the upcoming Test, India’s bowling attack may undergo a transformation, featuring two spinners and three seamers.