Ravindra Jadeja is expected to remain unavailable for the rest of the Test matches against England. Jadeja suffered from an injury on his left thumb during the third Test series against Australia. The all-rounder did not play the fourth and final Test match against Australia and was also ruled out for the four-match series against England. Now, as per reports, the 32-year-old is taking more time to recover than expected. Jadeja was anticipated to get fit and play the last two matches against England in Ahmedabad.
Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out for six weeks, and headed back to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru where he was supposed to be treated. His absence in the first match against England was a considerable matter as India went on to lose the first match. Virat Kohli and the team lost the first Test by 227 runs. In the first Chennai Test, the hosts decided to go in with Washington Sundar, Ravi Ashwin, and Shahbaz Nadeem as their three spin-bowling options. The management once again left out Kuldeep Yadav. The off-spinner had not played a Test for India since the SCG Test against Australia back in January 2019.
Meanwhile, Axar Patel has recovered from the injury and is likely to feature in the second match. The 27-year-old has started training and is anticipated to replace Shahbaz Nadeem in the playing eleven.
Ravindra Jadeja played a crucial role in India's success back in 2016
This is the 16th visit of the English team to Indian shores to play Test cricket. In 122 Test games to date, India has won on 26 occasions, lost 47 times and 49 matches have been drawn. The last time England toured India for a Test series, they lost by 0-4 in 2016. Ravindra Jadeja played a crucial role in Team India's success back then. He accumulated 224 runs at an average of 37.33 and picked up 26 wickets in five Tests. In the Chennai Test of that series, the all-rounder registered a ten-wicket haul to give India an innings win.