Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav on Tuesday confirmed that Ravindra Jadeja was available for selection for the 3rd Test against England at Rajkot.
Jadeja and wicketkeeper KL Rahul sat out the second Test vs England at Vizag with the former getting ruled out after sustaining a hamstring injury while the latter had complained of a right quadriceps pain.
With the 3rd Test a couple of days away, the Indian Express had reported that Rahul wasn’t found to be fully fit yet but Jadeja was given the green signal to take the field for the crucial match in the series which is tied 1-1.
On Tuesday, Kuldeep would all but confirm Jadeja’s fitness, saying, “”He is doing his routine (work). He did one session yesterday (Monday) and I think he is available.”
The bowler, however, could not give clarity on his participation in the Test, saying he’s still not sure.
“I’m not sure about my position because there’s still two days to go for the match. If I get the opportunity I’ll be more than happy. I don’t think too much about whether I’m playing or not. I just enjoy my day and keep working hard. That’s my process. The combination matters a lot in a team game. It’s as simple as that,” he said.
Injuries and withdrawals have impacted the Indian team in the ongoing series. The biggest blow for the Rohit Sharma team was the absence of team’s superstar, Virat Kohli, who has informed the Indian board that he was sitting out of the series because of personal reasons. This was followed by India’s big batting hope, Shreyas Iyer, losing his place in the side because of lack of runs.
Replacing Rahul in the Test squad will be another Karnataka batsman Devdutt Padikkal. In his latest Ranji Trophy match, Paddikal had scored 151 with the chairman of selectors Ajit Agarkar watching the Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu game from the stands.