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Major Blow to the Indian Cricket Team! Star Player Doubtful For Second Test against England

Ravindra Jadeja's Availability in Doubt for Second Test against England Due to Hamstring Niggle

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In a major blow to the Indian cricket team, star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is facing uncertainty regarding his participation in the second Test against England after sustaining a hamstring injury during the first Test in Hyderabad.

Jadeja Injury

The pivotal moment of the opening Test occurred when England skipper Ben Stokes executed a direct hit to dismiss Ravindra Jadeja. Beyond influencing the outcome of the first Test, the incident raises concerns about Jadeja’s fitness for the subsequent matches in the series, potentially shaping the overall trajectory of the contest.

Jadeja, India’s premier all-rounder excelling across formats, displayed visible signs of struggling with a hamstring niggle on Day 4 of the first Test. Despite being the top scorer in India’s first innings with an impressive 87 runs and contributing with five wickets across two innings, Jadeja’s availability for the series is now in doubt.

The immediate aftermath of the injury saw Jadeja clutching his hamstring, suggesting the possibility of a muscle injury. The severity of the injury remains undisclosed, and head coach Rahul Dravid refrained from providing definitive details during the post-match media conference.

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“We’ll see. I honestly haven’t had a chance to speak to the physio as yet. Once I get back, I’ll speak to him and see what it is about,” commented Dravid.

The extent of the hamstring injury will determine the duration of Jadeja’s absence. Even if the injury is diagnosed as a strain rather than a tear, it might be advisable to provide him with a week or more of rest. The brief turnaround between the first and second Tests, scheduled to commence on February 2 in Visakhapatnam, adds urgency to the decision-making process.

The team management is yet to clarify whether Jadeja will travel with the squad to Vizag or head to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for further assessment and rehabilitation.

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This injury setback comes after Jadeja missed a Test match last month in South Africa due to back spasms that developed on the morning of the first Test in Centurion. As India grapples with England, the uncertainty surrounding Jadeja’s fitness poses a significant challenge, potentially impacting the team’s strategy and composition for the crucial second Test.

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