In the lead-up to the third Test against England, India spinner Kuldeep Yadav has provided an update on all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s availability for the match. Kuldeep confirmed that Jadeja had a productive practice session and appears fit for the upcoming game, despite missing the second Test due to a hamstring injury sustained in the first Test against England in Hyderabad.
While the Indian team faces a selection dilemma between Jadeja and Axar Patel, with both being left-arm orthodox spinners with batting contributions, Jadeja’s stature and all-round abilities might secure him a spot in the playing XI if he passes the fitness test. The final decision on the team composition will be made on the match day, taking into account Jadeja’s complete recovery and fitness level.
With the absence of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, Jadeja’s all-round prowess becomes a crucial asset, offering versatility as both a batsman and a bowler. His presence provides captain Rohit Sharma with strategic options, complementing fellow spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel and strengthening India’s batting and bowling line-up. Furthermore, Jadeja’s inclusion allows for the addition of an extra batsman or bowler, fortifying the team’s overall strength.
Jadeja’s return to the nets ahead of the third Test is a positive sign, potentially indicating his readiness to rejoin the playing XI. Unfortunately, Rahul will remain sidelined for the third Test due to ongoing fitness issues. With Kohli and Rahul absent from the lineup and Jasprit Bumrah leading the bowling attack, Jadeja’s experienced presence will be crucial in guiding Rohit Sharma and stabilizing the team under pressure.
The third Test between India and England is set to begin on February 15, 2024, with the series currently tied at 1-1. With potential team changes expected, including Sarfaraz Khan making his debut and Rajat Patidar replacing KL Rahul, Jadeja’s inclusion could further strengthen the Indian side if he is deemed fully fit for the contest.