Breaking: Indian team announced for Bangladesh ODI series, Ravindra Jadeja out
Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of the Bangladesh ODI series as he is yet to recover from his knee surgery in September. Jadeja could be replaced by Bengal all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed for the ODI series starting December 4 in Mirpur. Currently a member of India’s ODI squad for the three-match series in New Zealand, Shahbaz made his international debut during the home ODIs against South Africa in September. He has been in scintillating form in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, taking 11 wickets in six matches at an economy of 4.87 in 51.2 overs. Also, he has scored two half-centuries with the bat in the lower order. Jadeja is also speculated to feature in the Bangladesh Test series as he is set to take some time to fully recover from the surgery. Left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar of Uttar Pradesh can join the team if he is not ready to play in the upcoming two-Test series.
#TeamIndia for Bangladesh ODIs: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Shreyas Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, R Pant (WK), Ishan Kishan (WK), Shahbaz Ahmed, Axar Patel , W Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Sen – BCCI (@BCCI) November 23, 2022
Saurabh has been playing on the fringes of the national team since February last year, owing to his impressive performances since winning the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy. He recently played for India A against New Zealand, where he contributed nine wickets in the hosts’ 1–0 win in the final match of the series. Earlier, he had played a key role in helping UP reach the Ranji Trophy semi-finals.
Saurabh has taken a total of 58 wickets in 12 Ranji Trophy games across two full seasons. The 33-year-old Jadeja was forced to pull out of India’s Asia Cup campaign after the group stages to undergo surgery for a chronic knee problem. Jadeja missed the entire T20 World Cup, despite initial optimism from India coach Rahul Dravid that he could be fit in time to participate in India’s campaign.
Jadeja’s right knee has been troubling him for some time now. In fact, he missed the ODI portion of India’s tour of the West Indies in July due to an ailment of the same joint. Since then he has been undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. Jadeja eventually made the ODI and Test squads for the tour of Bangladesh, but will now be absent from at least the limited-overs matches, which are scheduled for December 4, 7 and 10.