Ravindra Jadeja will take the sphere in a aggressive match for the primary time in almost 5 months when he leads Saurashtra in opposition to Tamil Nadu within the remaining group encounter of the Ranji Trophy right here on the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium beginning on Tuesday.
The India all-rounder was sidelined from the sport after struggling a knee damage (ligament tear) through the Asia Cup in August 2022 and underwent surgical procedure, which has stored him out of motion since then.
It will likely be an vital take a look at for the all-rounder as he hopes to make use of the subsequent 4 days to evaluate his match health forward of the four-match Test collection in opposition to Australia subsequent month.
“Feeling good to be again on the sphere. I’m very excited and searching ahead to this sport. Hopefully, it should come good as a crew and as a person,” mentioned Jadeja to reporters on Monday.
“My precedence is to get on the sphere and be match 100 per cent, so yeah, that’s my high precedence. Once I’m 100 per cent match, I’ll work on my abilities, whether or not batting or bowling, however my high precedence is my health,” he added.
The 34-year-old revealed he had been batting and bowling on the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for the final 20 days however added, “the match state of affairs is totally different, and I need one sport earlier than the Australia collection. So that’s the reason I’m right here.”
When requested if he has had any discomfort since he resumed coaching, the southpaw mentioned, “Not actually, however once you play aggressive cricket after 5 months, you don’t really feel assured initially, however as you progress, you get higher.”
Even as he has develop into integral to India’s squad throughout all codecs, Jadeja has lately needed to take care of fairly a couple of damage setbacks.
When requested the way it affected him, the all-rounder was philosophical in saying, “Nobody needs to get injured at their peak, however nonetheless, you already know it’s a part of the sport, and you have to hold that in thoughts. You must be ready as there isn’t a assure that one can’t get injured whereas enjoying cricket.”
On Monday, Jadeja batted for greater than twenty minutes, bowled for the same period of time, and mentioned he would regularly enhance his workload with the ball through the match relying on how his leg feels.