Ravindra Jadeja from 4th Test with broken thumb, Rishabh Pant is likely to return in 2nd inning
Senior India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is likely to be disqualified from the upcoming 4th Test against Australia from Jan 15 in Brisbane after fracturing his thumb while hitting in the 3rd Test on Jan 9 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
There is some good news for India, however, as wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant’s elbow injury is not severe and he will likely be available if India can save the friendly.
Both players were scanned after being hit by short balls from Australian pacemakers on day three of the friendly.
“Ravindra Jadeja suffered a dislocation and fracture of his left thumb. It will be very difficult for him to wear these gloves and bat,” a senior BCCI source told PTI on Saturday.
“In any case, he will be out of action for at least two to three weeks, which will put him out of the final Test. Pant will be able to beat as his injury is not that severe.” The first rush of visitors came when Pant suffered an elbow injury after being hit by a Pat Cummins delivery.
Reserve wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha replaced Pant under a recent change in ICC playing conditions.
“Rishabh Pant was hit in the left elbow while punching in the second session on Saturday. He was taken for scans,” the BCCI had previously stated in a press release.
Pant, who looked good on Matchday 3 with 36 of 67 balls, was hit while trying to pull a short ball out of Cummins.
He was in immediate pain and after a bandage treatment in the field he was back in action, but lost flow due to movement obstacles as Josh Hazlewood held him.
As if that wasn’t enough, the Australian Fast Bowlers inflicted further pain on the Indians when Jadeja was badly hit on the left thumb. He is unlikely to bowl in the Australian second innings after being taken for scans to determine the damage to his bowling hand.
Jadeja’s 28-run knock allowed India to limit Australia’s lead to less than 100 in the first innings, but towards the end a short ball from Mitchell Starc hit him in the gloves and he needed immediate medical attention.
“Ravindra Jadeja suffered a blow to the left thumb while punching it. It was scanned,” said the visiting team after the injury in a further press release.
Jadeja was in pain and when the team was back on the field for the second innings, his left thumb looked quite swollen and the physiotherapist taped it. He threw a couple of balls, but then it was decided he couldn’t go on.
In the Sydney Test, India lost Ishant Sharma (before the series started), Mohammed Shami (forearm), Umesh Yadav (calf muscle) and KL Rahul (wrist) to various injuries. Virat Kohli is on paternity leave.
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Posted: Saturday January 09, 2021 6:18 PM IST