September 25, 2022
“Massive Loss”: Former Sri Lanka Captain On Ravindra Jadeja’s Injury Ahead Of T20 World Cup


The T20 World Cup squad was announced by the All India Senior Selection Committee earlier this week, and the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel made comebacks from related injuries. Ravindra Jadeja is not part of the team as he got injured during the Asia Cup and then underwent surgery. Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has said that Jadeja’s absence will be a ‘big loss’ for Team India.

“It’s a challenge. They fitted him well in that No. 5 role. He’s batting really well and he and Hardik (Pandya) are in the top six – two guys who can give that all-rounder option There’s a lot of flexibility in that batting order given to India.” Jayawardene on ICC review,

He said, “It is tough for him, and probably the absence of a left-handed batsman is a matter of concern. He has switched to DK (Dinesh Karthik) out and Rishabh (Pant) in that role, Those who bat at 5 or 4. They will have to compromise on a few things to go into the World Cup. But not having Jadeja, the form he was… It will be a big loss for him,” he said.

One positive for India is Virat Kohli’s form. The right-handed batsman was in exceptional form in the Asia Cup, where he registered his maiden T20I ton while playing against Afghanistan. This was Kohli’s first international century since November 2019.

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Jayawardene said, “He was there and there was a lot. He didn’t have big enough scores to get that confidence, especially in white-ball cricket, which is always going to happen. There were some injuries. There were some injuries,” Jayawardene said. , “There were concerns in the last 12 months. They had little niggles and they gave them rest and India kept giving rest to the people, they had a workload. So not having consistent runs also makes it difficult,” Jayawardena said.

“In the Asia Cup he batted well, showed what he is capable of, especially in that batting position. Moving forward for India, keeping that line-up stable and confident that someone like Virat can be a factor. Going to be a concern for the opposition as well. It’s good to see him bat like this. We need all these great players to be in their best form in the World Cup, and that’s what the World Cup deserves. Everyone is going at that level on each other. It will be a fascinating World Cup in Australia,” he said.

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