Wednesday, February 21

India vs England: Kuldeep Yadav On Ravindra Jadeja Recovery And Rajkot Pitch

Written by Samrat Chakraborty

Premier India spinner Kuldeep Yadav provided updates on all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s participation in the third Test, starting from Thursday. Jadeja suffered a hamstring injury during the first Test in Hyderabad and was ruled out from the Vizag clash.

For the uninitiated, it usually takes four to eight months to recover from a hamstring injury, but Jadeja in association with BCCI’s NCA has shown is ability to recover quickly and make himself available for selection in the Third Test at his hometown Rajkot.

“I think so. He (Jadeja) did his routine and had a session yesterday too,” Yadav said at the pre-match press conference.

The pitch in Vizag favoured the batters with spinners getting their say. Young Yashasvi Jaiswal scored a double century while Shubman Gill broke his duck and scored a century in the second innings. Meanwhile, Yadav picked up four wickets in the match.

With the Vizag Test done and dusted, all eyes will be on the Rajkot pitch which has traditionally helped the spinners in  the longest format. However, Yadav said that it won’t be a rank turner after England’s Ollie Pope called it a tricky wicket where the visitors might opt to go with two seamers.

“It is not going to be a rank turner but will be a good wicket. I hope it helps the spinners who play,” Yadav said.

“I don’t want to give away too many secrets, but at the minute there’s a little bit more grass on it. It looks a pretty good pitch,” he added.

The five-Test series between India and England is currently level at 1-1.