Injury woes continue: Another big name to miss Bangladesh Tests; Suryakumar Yadav to be included as a replacement- Reports
India is currently in New Zealand for the white-ball tour, where they will play three T20Is and three ODIs. The T20I series has been concluded with India emerging victorious with a score of 1-0, and the ODI series will kick off on Friday, November 25, at Eden Park, Auckland.
After that series, India will travel to Bangladesh to play three ODIs and two Tests starting on December 4. The selection committee already announced both the ODI and Test squads with a few changes. However, star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who had been out of action since the Asia Cup, was also named in the team.
But some reports suggest that the all-rounder hasn't recovered completely and might not make it to the side, which will surely be a big setback for the India side. Jadeja's absence has already hurt India in the Asia Cup and the 2022 T20 World Cup.
The two-match test series will start on December 14 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram, and both test matches are important for India to claim their presence in the ongoing World Test Championship cycle.
Thus, if Jadeja does not make it to the team, it will be a big blow for India. The 33-year-old is a big asset for India across all formats, but his availability on the Test side gives India the right balance.
Apart from him, India has picked veteran off-spinner Ravi Ashwin, left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, and left-armer Axar Patel in the side. And looking at the bowling conditions in Bangladesh, there will be a question mark if India needs a fourth spinner in the team.
However, some reports also suggest that if Jadeja does not make the team, then India's T20 star Suryakumar Yadav might get a chance in the team as India wants to use his form in the longest format as well.
However, a BCCI source confirmed the status of Jadeja's injury in a discussion on PTI. He said, "Jadeja has been to NCA for his check-up and rehab on a number of occasion. However as of now, it is unlikely that he will be fit for the Bangladesh series. In any case, Chetan Sharma-led former selection committee had kept him in the squad subject to fitness."
Although India's "A" spinner, Saurabh Kumar, is another case where India needs a fourth spinner, with only two tests to play, India might look to add Suryakumar Yadav to the team.