Ravindra Jadeja played a crucial role in all formats for Team India during their recent success against Australia. While he is currently out with a thumb injury, Axar Patel has replaced him for the ongoing Test series against England on home soil.
Axar, however, has done exceedingly well after joining the playing XI for the second Test. In his first two Tests, so far, he has bagged three 5-wicket hauls and has been a pivotal figure behind India’s back-to-back wins. As both teams are gearing up for the fourth Test, Sunil Gavaskar has opined on the same.
“Jadeja is now wondering what happened to his thumb. He is asking the doctor why his dislocated thumb has taken so long to recover. He got hit on the 10th of January and it is now the end of February, for a dislocated thumb to take that long, ooh,” the former Indian skipper said during an interaction on Star Sports.
Former England spinner, Graeme Swann, on a lighter note, said that Jadeja can play for England if Axar Patel keeps him out of India’s playing XI in the longest format.
“I am a huge fan of Jadeja. Seeing how well Axar Patel has done, I think he should go on leave for a week and Jadeja can either come and play for England or can play for India because I think Axar Patel has done enough, for now, we have seen enough of him, haven’t we,” said Swann.
Meanwhile, Axar will be eager to cement his place in the Indian team with an all-round performance in the fourth and final Test, which is scheduled to begin on Thursday, March 4.