Veteran all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is unlikely to regain full fitness ahead of the Bangladesh Test series, which begins in Chittagong on December 14, according to BCCI sources. With India already having three specialist spinners – off-spinner R Ashwin, left arm spinner Axar Patel and left arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav in their ranks, there is a question mark as to whether a fourth specialist spinner is warranted.
If they are looking for an uncomplicated replacement, it’s Saurabh Kumar, the India A bowler. But there are speculations that a new selection committee or the Indian team management (in case no new committee has been formed by then) could take Suryakumar Yadav’s red-hot form and include him in the longer version.
India will play two Tests and three ODIs in Bangladesh and a full team led by Rohit Sharma will visit the neighboring country. India will play two Tests – December 14-18 at Chittagong and December 22-26 at Mirpur after a short three match ODI series in the first week of next month.
Jadeja had knee surgery after the Asia Cup in the UAE and was ruled out indefinitely afterwards. “Jadeja has been to NCA a number of times for his check-up and rehabilitation. However, it is unlikely that he will be fit for the Bangladesh series. However, the Chetan Sharma-led former selection committee had him in the squad subject to fitness a BCCI source who was aware of the developments told PTI on condition of anonymity.
There is still time to announce the replacement. Saurabh was part of the Test squad during the series against Sri Lanka earlier this year. He also got a five-for against New Zealand A in an ‘A’ Test series in Bengaluru. But the second option can be adventurous as the presence of Ashwin, Kuldeep and Axar makes it difficult to select a fourth spinner.
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