The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has officially confirmed that the veteran all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja will be missing the first couple of ODIs against West Indies due to an injury sustained in the right knee. The announcement was made on BCCI’s official Twitter handle while India is locking horns with the West Indies in the first of three ODIs in Port of Spain.
West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran won the toss and decided to bowl first in the series opener. Shikhar Dhawan, who is leading the Indian side in the absence of Rohit Sharma, had confirmed earlier that Ravindra Jadeja had a niggle and was missing from the playing XI in the first ODI against Pooran’s side. The young Caribbean skipper suffered a blow ahead of the game as well, as he revealed that the returning Jason Holder has tested positive for Covid-19 and hence is unavailable for the opening game.
BCCI released an official statement on Twitter that read, “Team India all-rounder Mr. Ravindra Jadeja has sustained an injury to his right knee and has been ruled out of the first two ODIs against West Indies. The BCCI Medical team is monitoring his progress and a decision on his participation in the third ODI will be taken accordingly.”
Team India all-rounder Mr. Ravindra Jadeja has sustained an injury to his right knee and has been ruled out of the first two ODIs against West Indies.
The BCCI Medical team is monitoring his progress and a decision on his participation in the third ODI will be taken accordingly.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 22, 2022
Several stalwarts of the Indian team have been missing the ODI series including regular skipper Rohit Sharma as many youngsters have been given a chance to prove their mettle in the three-match ODI series, which will be followed by a 5-match T20I series. Stand-in skipper, Dhawan, addressed the press ahead of the series opener and gave clarity over the injury concerns in the team.
Shikhar Dhawan said, “Right now, he has a bit of a niggle so we don’t know whether he will be ready or not for the first ODI. Other than that, Siraj is there, Prasidh is there, and we have got amazing fast bowling. In spin, Axar Patel is there and Yuzvendra Chahal is there, we have a good bunch of bowling unit so it will be very impactful.”