Ravindra Jadeja ruled out of England series due to thumb injury
After their successful series win in Australia, India is scheduled to take on England in a four-match Test series. Virat Kohli and co. will also play five T20Is and three ODIs in a full-fledged home series against England.
The first two matches of the Test series will be played at Chennai while the final two games will be played at new Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. Bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of the England series after dislocating his left thumb in the Sydney Test against Australia. He also went through surgery in Australia and will take six weeks to fully recover from injury.
The opening game of the Test series will be played at M.Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai from 5th February. BCCI issued a formal statement that Ravindra Jadeja is ruled out of the home series against England and will go through rehabilitation process to fully recover from injury. The selectors will certainly for the shorter formats if he recovers from injury.
Ravindra Jadeja will travel to Bengaluru to go through rehabilitation process at the National Cricket Academy.
There is no doubt that Jadeja is one of premier bowlers for India in the five-day format. Since March 2018, Ravindra Jadeja has claimed 55 wickets in 16 Tests at an average of 26.07. He has also been a consistent performer with the bat and chipped with vital scores for the side in Test cricket.
Since March 2018, Ravindra Jadeja has accumulated 778 runs at an excellent average of 55.57 with one century and seven half-centuries. With Jadeja ruled out of the Test series, selectors have picked up uncapped Axar Patel for the home series.
BCCI has requested to Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) to check whether they can ensure 50 percent audience at M.Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Indian players named in the Test squad for the first two test matches will go through three day quarantine period after they arrive in Chennai. Post the quarantine, the players will be given access to the gym and train accordingly for the Test series.