With the ongoing Test series between India and England in full swing, the Indian team is facing challenges after a disappointing start in the first Test. Led by Ben Stokes, the visitors displayed a remarkable performance, securing a brilliant win. Adding to the hurdles, veteran all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, a key player for India, might miss the upcoming second Test in Visakhapatnam due to an injury.
The 35-year-old sustained a hamstring pull on the fourth day of the first Test, and he is currently awaiting scan results in Mumbai. While his participation in the second Test remains uncertain, sources suggest that it is not a tear but a hamstring pull, indicating that he should be fit for the third Test.
A source familiar with the situation stated, “What we understand is that it is a hamstring pull and not a tear, so he should be fine for the third Test certainly if he can’t play the second,” as quoted by Cricbuzz.
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India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, commented on the situation, mentioning that he hasn’t had a chance to discuss it with the physio yet. Dravid intends to gather more information and make decisions based on the severity of Jadeja’s injury. The team management will assess whether Jadeja can participate in the next Test after understanding the extent of the injury.
India’s head coach Rahul Dravid expressed his stance, indicating that he is yet to confer with the team physio regarding Jadeja’s injury. Dravid asserted, “I honestly haven’t had a chance to speak to the physio as yet. Once I get back, I’ll speak to him and see what it is about.”
If Jadeja misses the second Test, the Indian team will need to find a suitable replacement. Kuldeep Yadav is a potential option, but his inclusion might mean sacrificing an extra batter. The second Test between India and England is scheduled for February 2 at the Dr. Y.S. Rajashekar Reddy ACA-VDCA International Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. After losing the first Test, India will be eager to make improvements in the upcoming match.