BCCI: A positive development for India is that top all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is poised to start playing again and will take part in Saurashtra’s final Ranji Trophy match, which begins on January 24. Chennai will host the game against Tamil Nadu. Last September, Jadeja had to withdraw from the Asia Cup so that he could have surgery on his right knee.

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Jadeja is finishing up his rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. And the selectors have nominated him to the 17-man Test squad for the first half of the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Which starts in Nagpur on February 9. The final two Tests will be held at Dharamsala and Ahmedabad after the second Test is played in Delhi. However, the selectors only chose Jadeja if the NCA found him to be totally fit.

BCCI: Ravindra Jadeja’s Recovery

BCCI: Ravindra Jadeja To Resume Playing, Set To Feature In Ranji Trophy
BCCI: Ravindra Jadeja To Resume Playing, Set To Feature In Ranji Trophy

Jadeja reportedly began to bowl and bat earlier this week. But before being cleared to play competitive cricket, he must pass fitness tests. The selectors, along with the NCA and the Indian team management, decided the all-rounder should play in the Ranji game. Before making a decision on his participation in the Australia Test series. This was done in consideration of Jadeja’s rustiness, as he hasn’t played any cricket since September. And his most recent first-class match was the one-off Test at Edgbaston against England last July.

A healthy Jadeja has demonstrated that he selects himself for the starting XI both at home and abroad. Jadeja, the left-handed hitter who bats at No. 5 or No. 6, provides balance to the middle of the order alongside R Ashwin as the top spinner, especially in the absence of Rishabh Pant. The selectors do not want to deny India access to Jadeja’s match-winning skills. As he demonstrated during Australia’s previous Test series in India in 2016–17, they are aware of the risks of hurrying him back.

BCCI: Upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy

India defeated Australia 2-1 in one of the most exciting bilateral series ever played, with Jadeja’s 63 in their first innings. And a match-high four-wicket haul helping India to victory in the final Test in Dharamsala. Jadeja proved to be a challenge for Australia as he won Player of the Series for his 25 wickets and 127 runs. Jadeja has 82 wickets at an average of 21.46 since 2017 in 19 Test matches, including three five-fors.

Importantly, during this time, he has scored 898 runs at an average of 52.82. Along with two centuries and seven fifties, increasing his value as a batter gradually. India and Australia are the favourites to compete in the World Test Championship final in June, which is set to take place at The Oval. So the outcome of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is important for both nations. India would become the first team to compete in the championship match of both WTC editions if they win the series and advance to the final.

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