Reports from News18 hint at Ravindra Jadeja missing the second Test for India due to a hamstring injury, sustained while attempting a quick single in the first Test against England.

India faced an unfavorable start to the five-match Test series against England, enduring a 28-run defeat in Hyderabad. Adding to the setback, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja might have suffered a hamstring niggle.

Jadeja, the top run-scorer for India in the first innings with an 87-run knock and a five-wicket haul, fell victim to England captain Ben Stokes’s direct hit during the 231-run chase, scoring only 2. The immediate discomfort Jadeja experienced while attempting a quick single raised concerns about a possible hamstring muscle injury.

Head coach Rahul Dravid refrained from divulging details about the extent of the damage, expressing the need to consult with the physio for a comprehensive assessment.

“We’ll see. I honestly haven’t had a chance to speak to the physio as yet. Once I get back, I’ll speak to him and see what it is about,” Dravid said.

The recovery duration for Jadeja’s hamstring injury hinges on its severity, potentially necessitating at least a week of rest, even in the absence of a tear. The decision on whether Jadeja will join the team in Vizag for the second Test against England on February 2 or head to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru remains uncertain.

On the match front, India faltered in their pursuit of a target of 231, losing the match by 28 runs. Ollie Pope’s remarkable 196 propelled England to 420 in the second innings, providing a substantial lead. India’s chase unraveled against Tom Hartley’s bowling brilliance (7/62), resulting in their dismissal for 202.

This defeat, marking India’s fourth in home Tests since 2013 and their first-ever in Hyderabad across two venues in the city, gives England a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

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Last Updated on January 28, 2024

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