Asia Cup 2022: Call needs to be taken on Ravindra Jadeja playing all three formats in terms of fitness, says Saba Karim
Asia Cup 2022: Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman and senior selection committee member Saba Karim thinks the Indian team management and medical staff need to make a decision regarding whether left-arm spin all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja should participate in all three game formats based on his level of fitness.
On Tuesday, Jadeja announced that he had undergone surgery for the problem and was anticipating starting his rehab soon, thereby ruling him out of the upcoming Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia. Jadeja was forced to withdraw from India’s 2022 Asia Cup campaign after playing in Group A matches against Pakistan and Hong Kong due to a right knee injury.
“Right now, I think Jadeja is such a player who adds value in all three formats. But I think going ahead, not only Jadeja but even the team management. And the medical team of Team India need to take a call in terms of his fitness. Whether he can continue to play all three formats or not; and if not, then what is the most preferable choice for him,” said Karim on ‘Sports Over The Top’ show on Sports18.
While acknowledging that Jadeja will find it difficult to sit out games, Karim emphasised that he has the ability to come back strong.
“It’s a tough phase for him…he has always done well. And for him to get injured at such a critical juncture in his career is not so easy (to take in stride).”
“But one has to give credit to Jadeja that whenever he has come back from injury, even though he doesn’t get too much of game time, immediately he gets into his rhythm and that is not so easy. But he’s naturally such a gifted player that it’s so easy for him to come back.”
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However, Karim noted that because Jadeja is no longer a child, his mental attitude will be crucial.
“I remember, I think some years ago, he not even trained the way the other cricketers trained. But because he has been naturally so talented and so gifted and so fit. It’s easy for him to come back.
“But I think with age, it may not be easy for him to do that (anymore). So I think he needs to go back and work on his rehab and then try and come back. But more importantly, I feel that it’s your mindset. The kind of preparation you do before you come back on the field after your injury.”
Karim went on to explain that after Jadeja has fully recovered from the right knee injury. And subsequent rehabilitation, he would like to see him playing back for the Indian team.
“Well, let’s try and break it down. First up are the Test matches. So I think India plays four Test matches at home. And they play two Test matches against Bangladesh away (including next year’s Border-Gavaskar Trophy).
“Because India is eying to qualify again for the World Test Championship final. It is very important for the medical team of Team India to keep that in mind. And manage his workload so that at least he is available for all these six Test matches. Because he brings so much to the table, not only as a left-hand batter coming in at 6 or 7. But also with his very useful left-arm spin bowling.”