Ravindra Jadeja ruled out of entire Ind-Eng Test series: Reports

India’s dynamic all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out for the entire India-England Test series. If reports are to be believed, Jadeja’s injury, suffered during the third Aus-Ind Test in Sydney has not healed up till now. 

Stationed at the National Cricket Academy, it is almost certain that Jadeja, who was ruled out of the first two Tests wouldn’t be moving to Ahmedabad for the final two Tests in Ahmedabad, reported Cricbuzz. It would be interesting to see if the 32-year-old would get fit by the time of the limited-overs series in March. 

With Jadeja unavailable, either one between Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel might get a long run of three Tests. This is mainly due to the fact that Shahbaz Nadem couldn’t deliver as per expectations in the first Test and skipper Kohli wanted variation in his attack. 

"There are no regrets whatsoever on that decision. Moving forward, we will think of the combinations which bring us variety as a bowling attack, and not one dimensional, turning away from the bat," Kohli said in the presentation ceremony of the first Test. 

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