New Delhi, Sports Desk. During Saurashtra’s nets session ahead of their next Ranji Trophy match against Tamil Nadu, it became clear that Ravindra Jadeja is set to return to the field. Jadeja was one of the two players who practiced for a long time in the nets in a practice session of over three hours. Batting and bowling followed by fielding drills at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. During this he was also talking to the players.
Returning to Competitive Cricket after a gap of five Months
It may be noted that Ravindra Jadeja is returning to competitive cricket after a gap of almost five months after suffering a knee injury during the Asia Cup in September last year. He will also lead Saurashtra in the last group match in the Ranji Trophy. Cheteshwar Pujara and regular skipper Jaydev Unadkat have been rested.
According to ESPN Cricinfo, Ravindra Jadeja’s inclusion in the 17-man squad will depend on his proving his match fitness. However, he has got the best opportunity in Ranji Trophy to prove his fitness. When asked about his fitness, he said with a big smile, “I am almost ready. I was in NCA for 20 days. There I was batting and bowling but the scenario of the match is different. I am in Australia. Wanted to play one game before the series, that’s why I am here. Hopefully I am fit to play my first Test after injury.”
Ravindra Jadeja underwent ligament surgery in September 2022
Ravindra Jadeja underwent ligament surgery in September 2022. His planned return did not materialize after being ruled out of the Bangladesh tour in December. Talking about the hurdles coming in his way back from injury, he said, “No one wants to get injured in the middle of your big season. Injuries are part of the game. You have to keep that in mind, and you have to deal with it.” You have to prepare for it. There is no guarantee that no one will get injured while playing cricket.”