Ravindra Jadeja‘s participation in the upcoming second Test in Visakhapatnam hangs in the balance following an injury sustained during the fourth day of the first Test in Hyderabad. The all-rounder, visibly in discomfort and pain after being run out by Ben Stokes, awaits the results of his scan in Hyderabad, which have been sent to Mumbai. An assessment on the extent of the hamstring injury is expected today (Monday), with sources indicating a possibility of him missing the upcoming Test, which begins on February 2.
The standard practice of sending scan reports to a Mumbai institute has been followed in this case, with a professional medical opinion anticipated by evening today. While the initial assessment is not positive, it’s believed to be a hamstring pull rather than a tear, suggesting he should be fit for the third Test if he misses the second.
Jadeja’s dismissal occurred when he was attempting a run off a Joe Root delivery and was run out by a direct throw from Ben Stokes at the non-striker’s end. Coach Rahul Dravid, when asked about Jadeja’s fitness after the match, stated that he hadn’t had a chance to speak to the physio yet.
In the event that Jadeja is declared unfit, Kuldeep Yadav is a potential replacement. However, the team would undoubtedly miss Jadeja’s batting prowess and exceptional fielding skills. In the first innings, Jadeja was India‘s highest scorer with 87 runs, while in the second innings, he could only contribute two runs before being run out. His combined bowling returns in the Test were five wickets for 219 runs.
The Indian team will stay in Hyderabad on Monday, which was originally scheduled to be the fifth and final day of the Test, and is set to travel to Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.