The Indian team management will be keenly monitoring the progress of Ravindra Jadeja for the Boxing Day Test against Australia this weekend, if fit, the all-rounder could move to playing XI in place of Hanuma Vihari. Jadeja, who suffered a ruckus during the first T20 International, also suffered a hamstring injury, which ruled him out of the first Test.
However, Jadeja has slowly returned to the nets for the last few days when India was playing a Test match. It has been revealed that the senior all-rounder is recovering well, but it cannot be said with certainty that he will be 100 percent fit for the second Test starting in Melbourne on 26 December. But if fit, the ax will fall Vihari, not because of his low score in the Adelaide Test but purely on the basis of the best combination that Ajinkya Rahane and Ravi Shastri can field.
He said, ‘If Jadeja becomes capable of bowling long spells, then there is no debate. Jadeja replaced Vihari on the basis of his all-round skills. Also, it gives us the option of playing five bowlers in the MCG, ”a senior BCCI source told PTI on condition of anonymity.
Jadeja has 1869 runs in 49 Tests at an average of 35 plus which includes one century and 14 fifties. He has scored half-centuries in both England and Australia on the previous tour. On the other hand, Vihari, in his 10 Tests, scored 576 runs with a hundred against the West Indies and scored four fifties at an average of over 33.
There is an ideology that if pure batting skills are taken into account, there is not much difference between “expert Vihari” and “all-rounder Jadeja”. With Mohammed Shami already out of the series due to a wrist fracture, India may be tempted to go with five specialist bowlers instead of the usual four, which has been their blueprint for years.
The Indian team had a scheduled practice session at the Adelaide Oval on Monday, but had to be canceled due to incessant rain. With captain Virat Kohli departing for India on Tuesday and the squad traveling to Melbourne, the captain clearly negotiated with his team on the way forward after 36 all outs.
Rohit Sharma quarantine in Sydney
Senior batsman Rohit Sharma can start training from January 3 before the Sydney Test. She is currently locked in a tough quarantine in a two-room apartment in Sydney. Cricket Australia has already flown David Warner and Sean Abbott from Sydney to Melbourne due to sanctions by the New South Wales state government for another surge of Kovid-19 cases. The BCCI cannot move Rohit in the middle of quarantine at the moment.
The second aspect is that CA is still confident of hosting the third Test in Sydney from 7 January as per the schedule and in that case, there is no need to move the senior player to Melbourne as in any case he will be in the second game. not playing. If the situation changes and the third Test match is moved, the BCCI will discuss with the CA and take necessary steps.
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