Ravindra Jadeja, the star India all-rounder has returned to action after a successful knee surgery. He has opened up on his ailment ahead of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. This all-rounder has been ruled out mid-way through the Asia Cup last year due to a knee injury that necessitated surgery.
The 34-year-old had the operation and so missed the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. After being added to the vital red-ball series against Australia. He claimed his doctor urged him to get the operation before the T20 World Cup. Jadeja spoke up about his injury in a BCCI interview, adding that his chances of appearing in the flagship event were still ‘less’ even if he had not undergone surgery.
Ravindra Jadeja said.
Jadeja’s emotional confession
“I was eagerly waiting to make a comeback and play for India. I had been struggling with my knee for some time, so surgery was needed. I had to take the decision whether to go for the surgery before the World Cup or after. Doctors advised me to do it before the World Cup because chances were less of playing at the World Cup had I not got the surgery done. So, I made up my mind to go for it,”
The BCCI recommended him to play one game before the Test series, and Jadeja delivered a stunning seven-wicket haul for Saurashtra against Tamil Nadu in a Ranji Trophy match. In a Ranji Trophy bout against Saurashtra, Tamil Nadu won by 59 runs, and Jadeja recorded figures of 7/53. He also discussed his arduous recuperation journey and expressed his joy at being able to put on the Indian jersey again after nearly five months.
“Excited that I’m wearing the Indian jersey after more than five months. I have been blessed that I got a chance again. The (recovery) journey was quite up and down because if you stay away from cricket for five months then it is a little bit frustrating,”
Jadeja also thanked the National Cricket Academy’s (NCA) physios and trainers for their assistance to make a comeback. He said that it was difficult for him to watch India just perform while he was on the bench.
The most awaited Test series will begin on February 9 in Nagpur, with both sides on the verge of making the World Test Championship 2021-23 finals.
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