AUS vs IND: Ravindra Jadeja likely to be ruled out for the rest of the play

Indian star all-rounder and key player Ravindra Jadeja, will likely not participate any further in the ongoing third test against Australia. Jadeja has been an integral part of the team since Kohli’s absence. His performance with the bat has improved drastically over the last few years.  His contribution with the ball has never been in doubt as he is one of the key bowlers to pick up crucial wickets. His hand in the field is also never questioned as he is one of the best in the business when it comes to fielding. His all-round ability provides stability to the side that no other player can bring.

Jadeja was injured while he batting in the first innings for India. Starc’s well delivered short ball went straight to hit his left thumb. He continued to bat even in pain. The physio applied some healing spray and taped it well. He didn’t stay at the crease for long as the other batsmen were dismissed. He provided some crucial runs at the end which helped the lead go just under 100.

He didn’t take the field after the Indian innings. The BCCI released an official statement that Jadeja along with Pant had been sent for scans. The reports came in late in the evening. No official statement has been released by the BCCI on the update of the duo’s injury. But according to reports, Jadeja has dislocated his left thumb which rules him out of the rest of this match and most likely of the series too. Meanwhile, Pant has been declared fit to bat in the second innings. He will not keep the wickets in the rest of the match but can bat if required.

Jadeja is added to the long list of injuries in this tour. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami. Rohit too was earlier injured but later declared fit and was subsequently added to the side for the third and fourth test. Virat has taken paternity leave and left the tour after the first test. The official statement is awaited and if this is confirmed, then this will be a big blow to the team.

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