Ravindra Jadeja rubbishes rumours about retirement from Test cricket
A Hindi daily reported that Jadeja would take retirement due to an injury
Jadeja played 57 Tests for India and took 232 wickets
Jadeja took an indirect swipe at the newspaper and ruled out retirement rumours
Ravindra Jadeja on Thursday rubbished a media report that he would take retirement from Test cricket. Hindi daily Dainik Jagran had reported that Jadeja suffered a "very serious" injury that would require surgery that could effectively rule him out for four to six months. And because of this, he might quit Test cricket to prolong his white-ball career.
Indian cricket team has left for South Africa for the upcoming three-match Test series, starting December 26. However, India will miss newly appointed vice-captain Rohit Sharma and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja since they have been ruled out of the series due to injuries. Rohit suffered a hamstring injury during a net session ahead of the South Africa tour while Jadeja was diagnosed with a right forearm injury during the first Test match against New Zealand.
Jadeja took an indirect swipe at the newspaper report and dismissed the speculations about his retirement in two separate tweets on Wednesday.
The all-rounder shared a picture containing the quote "Fake friends believe in rumours. Real friends believe in you", shortly before sharing a picture of himself in India's Test jersey with the caption "Long way to go".
33-year-old Jadeja has been India's first-choice spinner during overseas tours in recent time, playing all four Test matches in England earlier this year where veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was rested from India's playing XI. However, in his absence, Ashwin, who took 427 wickets in 81 Tests, will be India’s main spinner during the upcoming South Africa tour. Jayant Yadav, meanwhile, has been recalled to the Indian squad for the Test series.
The left-arm spinner has taken 232 Test wickets for India in 57 matches. He has also impressed with the bat over the last few years, scoring 2195 runs in 57 Tests, including 17 fifties and a hundred.