The 34-year-old reported that everything was fine after he took 7-53 off 17.1 overs in a Ranji Trophy game, which was his first match in nearly five months following knee surgery. His inclusion in India’s squad for the four-Test series beginning on February 9 in Nagpur has been contingent on fitness.
Eight wickets were taken overall by Jadeja, who completed 41.1 overs over the course of the two innings, including an uninterrupted 12-over stretch on a shifting surface on Thursday during which he skittled out six batters as Tamil Nadu collapsed to 133 all out.
“I am used to bowling long spells,” Ravindra Jadeja told the reporters.
“Nothing new for me. I was enjoying … ball was turning, the pitch was assisting me. When we were batting, the odd ball was spinning, the odd ball was keeping low, so I was keen to bowl a long spell. Luckily I got wickets.”
It has been a long time since Ravindra Jadeja took part in an international game. He last appearance in Indian jersey came in 2022 Asia Cup against Hong Kong. Since, then he has been out of the team due to an injury.
After the match he told the press that he felt no discomfort while bowling long spells. He is absolutely fine and in big mood for the upcoming Border Gavaskar Trophy.
Ravindra Jadeja, who required surgery after rupturing a knee ligament, has missed more time from play than at any other point in his career and has encountered obstacles along the way to rehabilitation. He had originally hoped to be back in time for India’s tour of Bangladesh in December.
He will be in the national team training camp in Nagpur, eager to take on Australia once more after enjoying taking 63 Test wickets against them over an eight-year span, including three five-wicket hauls.
It is a warning sign for the Australians who are in high spirit to take revenge from India. Last time India toured Australia, Aussies were ruthlessly demolished in their own backyard.
Whenever India hosts a home test series, Jadeja’s role becomes extremely important knowing that after third day, the pitch will assist him. He looks more than fit and ready to disturb the Australian batting order once again when the series starts from February 9.