Amidst all the mystery over Ravindra Jadeja’s fitness, the BCCI has revealed that the all-rounder is fit to play in the third Test against Australia at Melbourne, starting December 26.
The four-match series is currently squared at 1-1 with India claiming the first Test at Adelaide and Australia hitting back to win at Perth.
“All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja complained of a left shoulder discomfort after prolonged bowling spells during the 2018, West Indies ODI series. He underwent a guided injection in Mumbai for this on 2nd November,” a BCCI statement read.
“This gave Jadeja good relief of his symptoms and he played in the Ranji Trophy match for Saurashtra from 12 to 15 November in which he completed 64 overs without any issues. He was thereby declared fit by the BCCI and selected for the Test series against Australia.
After Jadeja flew to Australia, he then complained of a recurrence of his symptoms on 30th November during the match against the CA XI in Sydney. He was given another injection into a slightly different site on that day. This injection along with his rehabilitation program improved his symptoms,” the statement went on to say.
The BCCI also explained that Jadeja wasn’t risked in the second Test as he had expressed discomfort while bowling in the nets.
“In the lead up to the Perth Test match on 14th December, the management and the all-rounder were of the opinion that the intensity of his bowling in the nets could have been higher, to match the standards required for such an intensely fought series. For this reason, he was not considered for selection for the 2nd Test match,” the statement said.
--By A Cricket Correspondent