India might be without Ravindra Jadeja when they head into the last leg of their race to the World Test Championship final. The all-rounder is unlikely to regain full fitness for the two-Test series in Bangladesh, starting December 14.
Jadeja picked up a knee injury at the Asia Cup that kept him out of the home series against South Africa and Australia and the T20 World Cup. He underwent knee surgery and he recently visited the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for a check-up.
However, the former selection committee, led by Chetan Sharma, picked Jadeja for the ODI and the Test squad for Bangladesh. The BCCI in its press release said Jadeja’s availability was subject to fitness.
However, Jadeja, it seems, is unlikely to be fully fit for the tour of Bangladesh, starting December 4, according to news agency PTI. India play 3 ODIs and 2 Tests against the Asian neighbours after the ODI series against New Zealand. Jadeja was not picked for the T20Is and the ODIs in New Zealand in November.
“Jadeja has been to NCA for his check-up and rehab on a number of occasions. However, as of now, it is unlikely that he will be fit for the Bangladesh series. In any case, Chetan Sharma-led former selection committee had kept him in the squad subject to fitness,” the news agency quoted a BCCI source as saying.