Team India is currently Down Under playing a Test series against Australia. Amidst the important series, the team is fretting over the fitness issues of some of their key players.
Young opener Prithvi Shaw was previously ruled out of the entire series. He had sustained an ankle injury in the warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI.
The four-match Test series is currently well in balance as both the teams are locked at 1-1. India won the opening Test at Adelaide while Australia came back in the second Test at Perth.
Meanwhile left-handed spinning all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been declared fit to play for the upcoming Boxing Day Test. The third Test of the series will begin from December 26.
According to reports from Cricket Next, Jadeja might play the Boxing Day Test if Ashwin fails to recover well in time. Ashwin had developed a abdominal strain after bowling more than 50 overs in the second innings of the Adelaide Test. As a result he was not picked in the Perth Test.
India will not repeat the same mistake as they did in the Perth Test. There they went in with an all-pace attack which proved costly. Jadeja can be a good option as he is a specialist spinner. Moreover he can also bat at number eight as well.
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Jadeja spent almost a year on bench
Almost throughout the 2018, Jadeja had to remain benched. This is because India played only three Tests at home and 10 Tests away. Outside the subcontinent, only one pacer is preferred. As a result Ashwin was picked ahead of Jadeja.
Jaddu played only a single Test against England, which was the fifth Test of the England series, in place of injured Ashwin. He immediately left his mark on the game. Firstly he picked four wickets in the first innings after bowling 30 years.
He then scored an unbeaten 86 off 156 balls. He shepherded the tail and reduced the first innings lead of the opposition. Later in the second innings he picked an additional three wickets.
Nevertheless Ashwin was preferred again for the Australia series. But Jaddu might get an opportunity to end 2018 on a high note with a match-winning performance at the MCG.