India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of the last Test of the Australia tour and the first two matches of the upcoming Test series against England at home, starting on February 5.
Jadeja was hit during day three of the third Test by pacer Mitchell Starc which dislocated his left thumb. He didn't come out to bowl for India in the second innings and was taken to a hospital for scans.
"Ravindra Jadeja is out of first two Tests against England. He will need 4-6 weeks minimum to recuperate and complete rehab which rules him out of first 2 tests," a BCCI source told PTI.
Jadeja is a huge asset for the team currently and he was contributive with both, bat and ball. In the third Test, Jadeja added 28 runs while continuing to bat despite the injury. He had picked up four wickets in the first innings.
The BCCI source added that Jadeja may come out to bat in the second innings if Team India needs him. "He might bat if needed with an injection to save the Test," the source added.
India are chasing 407 in the fourth innings of the ongoing Sydney Test. They will have to bat out the entire fifth day to save the Test, if not achieve the victory.
R Ashwin has confirmed Rishabh Pant, who suffered an elbow bruise will bat. Wriddhiman Saha was wicket-keeping for Pant in the second innings of the match.
India have already lost Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami, and KL Rahul because of injuries. Earlier, Ishant Sharma was ruled out of the Australia tour even before the tour began.
(With PTI Inputs)