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Ravindra Jadeja sustains an injury to the left thumb

January 9, 2021

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Durba

Ravindra Jadeja sparkled for India in the first innings of the third Test against Australia in Sydney. The left-arm spinner picked up four wickets and dismantled the Australian batting line-up. Unfortunately, he is unlikely to bowl in the second innings. 

A short ball from Mitchell Starc in India’s first innings hit Ravindra Jadeja on his left thumb. This incident happened during the 99th over of the innings in Day three. The southpaw had scored eight runs off the over's first three balls. This brought Australia's lead down to double digits. 

The Australian pacer went short for the fourth ball and the bouncer hit Jadeja on the thumb when he tried to dodge it. The visitor's physio immediately rushed to the middle. Although Ravindra Jadeja suffered an injury, he continued to bat and further added five more runs to the scoreboard. The 32-year-old ended the innings not out on 28*(37). With this, the hosts took a 94-run first-innings lead.

Mayank Agarwal replaced Ravindra Jadeja on the field in the second innings

The men in blue have already lost their wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant in this match due to an injury to his elbow. Hence, Wriddhiman Saha replaced him and came out with the wicket-keeping gloves. As Jadeja did not get permission to take the field, Mayank Agarwal came in as a substitute.

The Indian team have lost many players due to injury in this Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami have already returned home after suffering injuries in the previous Test matches. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja are going to undergo scans soon. The cricket fans can expect an official update on their status for the remaining part of the Sydney Test match soon.

The hosts have managed to gain a healthy lead of 104 runs to be in a strong position in the crucial Sydney encounter. Pacer Pat Cummins was the wrecker-in-chief for the hosts as he picked up four wickets.

With the lead of 197 runs, the hosts indeed have the Test in their control. It will take immense effort from team India to win the Pink Test and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. There is still plenty of cricket left as both the sides will be back for Day at 4:30 AM IST on Sunday. The Australian team would surely be the more confident of the two sides when they walk out to bat on Day 4.

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Written By,

Durba