The 34-year-old Jadeja suffered a knee injury during India’s Asia Cup campaign and has been out of action since September 2022.
Saurashtra commander Jaydev Unadkat is hopeful of India each- rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s comeback for his platoon’s seventh-round institution Ranji jewel institution against Tamil Nadu in Chennai starting January 24.
The 34- time-old Jadeja suffered a knee injury during India’s Asia Cup crusade and has been out of action since September 2022. The Saurashtra star also missed India’s T20 World Cup crusade in Australia. Jadeja is still working on his fitness at the National Cricket Academy( NCA) in Bengaluru.
Meanwhile, the BCCI’s elderly selection commission blazoned India’s team for the first two Border- Gavaskar Tests against Australia last week. With the series slated to begin from February 9 in Nagpur, the BCCI stated that Jadeja’s addition would be subject to fitness and had reportedly asked him to prove the same with a Ranji spin.
Speaking about Jadeja’s addition, Unadkat said “ That’s what I’m hearing as well( Jadeja playing coming week). Actually, it’ll be great if he turns up, and I ’m sure he’s doing well at the training in NCA. Hopefully, he’ll play for Saurashtra and make his comeback. ”
Handed Jadeja clears the fitness chain, he’ll join domestic teammates Cheteshwar Pujara and Unadkat in India’s team.
Jadeja last featured in a Ranji jewel game in November 2018. The left- arm incentive’s vacuity remains pivotal to India’s chances as he surfaced as the leading gate- taker( 25) during its last Border- Gavaskar series at home in 2017.
While Saurashtra has one bottom in the knockouts it leads the Elite Group B with 26 points- Unadkat asserted there’s no room for complacency.
“We’re nearly there( quarterfinals), but it’s still not over. It’s a tough group, and brigades are fighting hard. The other brigades are also apprehensive of the table and going to play hard till the end, ” Jaydev Unadkat said.
Should Saurashtra qualify, it’s uncertain if Unadkat, Pujara will share in the quarterfinals that begin from January 31. Unadkat, on the comeback trail with the Indian Test team, said Saurashtra had done nicely well in his absence and will draw alleviation from the first three rounds. Saurashtra secured two draws( first- innings leads) and secured a big palm over Mumbai in late December.
“The platoon now has the belief to win from any situation. It’s come from a lot of work in the four- day game over the last five times. We’ve backed players to the fullest, and utmost of them have played further than 40- 50 games. All of them have been good enough to win matches on their own, ” Unadkat remarked. Know More News…