The veteran Indian all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja has finally made a comeback to the field after undergoing surgery following a thumb injury he sustained during the Australia tour. “Back on the field #firstday #postsurgery,” Jadeja tweeted, along with a video of him running on the field.
In January, Ravindra Jadeja had suffered a blow to his left thumb while batting on the moving day of the third Test against Australia. He had later gone for scans and the results showed that he had dislocated his thumb. After the surgery, Jadeja had tweeted: “Out of action for a while, surgery completed. But will soon return with a bang.”
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) March 2, 2021
Currently, the Indian team is preparing for the fourth Test against England, which is scheduled to be commencing on Thursday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. In the ongoing series, Rohit Sharma, Axar Patel, and Ravichandran Ashwin have been the standout performers and now in the fourth Test, skipper Virat Kohli will be expected to put an end to his century-drought.
Kohli had last scored a century in 2019 in a day-night Test against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens. India lead the series 2-1 and if the hosts manage to avoid defeat in the final Test against England, they will qualify for the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) and meet New Zealand in the summit clash at Lord’s.
Before his injury kept him out of action during Australia’s second innings, Jadeja was instrumental as the visitors bowled Australia out for 338 runs in the first innings. He was the most successful bowler for India in the first innings as he managed to scalp as many as four wickets for 62 runs. He also proved his excellence in the field with a sensational throw to run out Steve Smith.
Despite dislocating his left thumb, Jadeja made crucial runs (28 not out) towards the end as India finished with 244 all out, reducing Australia’s first-innings lead to less than 100 runs.