IND vs SA: Ravindra Jadeja Potential Return Could Bolster India in 2nd Test – Reports
In the first Test of the two-match series, Team India was humiliated by South Africa. All-round player Ravindra Jadeja was left out of the Centurion Test due to a “upper back spasm,” therefore India missed his services. But according to PTI sources, the all-rounder who bowls left-arm spin is anticipated to return to Cape Town.
It was stated that Ravindra Jadeja participated in the team’s training session on Day 3 and ran short sprints of 30 to 40 metres after being ruled out of the first Test.
But the most comforting aspect of the tale was watching Ravindra Jadeja bowl with backup bowler Mukesh Kumar on Day 3’s lunch break.
Under practice coach Rajnikant’s supervision, Jadeja bowled for about twenty minutes on a practice surface.
Spot bowling was Ravindra Jadeja’s primary role, although the pitch was also giving him some turn.
He appeared to be bowling without any issues throughout his 20-minute practice session. It will be a significant advantage for the visitors, though, if Ravindra Jadeja is able to rejoin the squad for the upcoming Test match in Cape Town.
Because Ravichandran Ashwin did not perform well in the Centurion Test, the Indian squad felt the loss of Ravindra Jadeja.
Only one wicket could be taken in South Africa’s opening innings by Ashwin, who was dismissed cheaply in both innings.
For the past few years, Ravindra Jadeja has been a valuable member of the squad both at bat and with the ball.
She also has a strong outfield throw. Jadeja also made a few appearances during the 2023 ODI World Cup.
Should he play the second Test match in Cape Town, he would undoubtedly make a spectacular comeback to international cricket.
South Africa outperformed the Indian cricket squad in the opening Test match, outperforming the Rohit Sharma-led team in every area.
In the first innings, KL Rahul was dominant at one end, while Virat Kohli was powerless at the other.
The Proteas pacers’ deadly pace bowling was unknown to the Indian hitters, and they conceded wickets by playing careless strokes.
Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer were dismissed by Marco Jansen for playing down the incorrect line, while Rohit Sharma lost his timber as a result of a beauty bowl from Kagiso Rabada in the second innings.
The Indian team will aim to complete the visit by levelling the series when the second Test match of the series begins on January 3 at the Newlands in Cape Town.
The Indian squad will now have to wait till the next tour in order to realise their dream of winning a Test series on South African soil.
The World Test Championship 2023–25 rankings have to be drastically altered for the Indian squad, and a victory in the second Test is imperative if they hope to remain in contention for a spot in the WTC final.