Shastri reveals that Jadeja has been unfit for a while

Tanya Simon
December 25, 2018

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"Even spinner R Ashwin would have missed the Test even if he was fit", when he was asked about why Jadeja was not in the playing XI of the second Test match at Perth.

Shastri's comments gave rise to sharp criticism as Jadeja was used as a substitute fielder right from the opening day of the Perth Test.

In an interview with CricketNext, Kumble also said that KL Rahul should be given a break and be asked to play in domestic cricket to regain form.

"When you're millions of miles way, it's easy to fire blanks", he said. We're in the southern hemisphere. But the 27-year-old is an unknown commodity in Australian conditions and drafting him into the side straightaway is a huge risk that India will have to take. Now, it seemed like more questions have arisen than answers during Shastri's presser. In that report, Jadeja was absolutely fit. But there is also ambiguity about whether Jadeja would have played even if he'd been fit in the first place. "Despite repeated inquiries about fitness status of all players all the time, the BCCI media management failed to make this situation known".

Shastri made clear on Sunday more was expected from them in Melbourne.

"More bizarrely, Jadeja, despite the injury, was actively involved in the scheme of things".

The four-match Test series is now locked at 1-1 with the Boxing Day Test match approaching at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. They will have to pick chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav.

The same article also cast doubt over the contradictory explanations for not playing a spinner being spouted by Kohli and Shastri.

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"Top-order problems are a big concern, that's obvious".

"It's not the first time that they have contradicted each other's opinions".

Starc was bought by the Bangalore franchise in 2014 and expectedly turned out to be one of the crucial figures in the team. "Then he felt the same on coming here to Australia and he was injected", Shastri replied but it did raise questions if the player travelled Down Under without being 100% fit.

The conundrum gets murkier still. "What the Indian team want to do, and how Virat wants to captain, is up to them", he said.

Well, this didn't go well with Jadeja's Saurashtra team coach Sitanshu Kotak. Neither there was any stiffness which you are talking about.

So in a different scenario, will the Indian playing XI look like this? "We will, however, take a call after the net session tomorrow", he added. He batted and took part in fielding drills. "He underwent a guided injection in Mumbai for this on 2nd November".

"A lot of Australians at all levels of sport play the game like that".

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja is firming to play at the MCG while pace-bowling allrounder Hardik Pandya is also in the mix. "We will be third time lucky (after South Africa and England)", Shastri signed off.

"Now to be out in the middle going head-to-head with him in a Test series is something I'm really relishing". So the boys know what they can do and what they are capable of.

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