India have suffered a further setback as one of the very best all rounders at the moment in world cricket in Ravindra Jadeja is ruled out of the remainder of the test series against Australia.
The moving day of the 3rd test completely shut down any chances that India had to win the game as Australia have dominated the whole day and have taken a 2nd innings lead of 197 runs with another 8 wickets in hand.
Ideally, the lead that Australia have now is enough for a win to move 2-1 as India are one batsman down in the form of Ravindra Jadeja. While batting in the first innings, the southpaw was hit on the thumb by Mitchell Starc's short of a length delivery.
The injury did seem serious at first sight but Ravindra Jadeja continued to bat after nursing the injury for the time being. Once the innings ended, Ravindra Jadeja didn’t take the field during Australian 2nd innings and as suspected earlier by the commentators, it has been reported that Jadeja's thumb is dislocated and fractured. According to the sources,
He has a dislocation and fracture. He will be out for around 6 weeks and specialist's opinion will be taken to check if the all-rounder needs a surgery as is the procedure in such cases. A call on his availability for the England series can be taken only after the specialist checks on the thumb
India are already without their best batsman in Virat Kohli and with Ravindra Jadeja not available, India are in a pathetic situation to say the least. Australia have 2 set batsman in Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne at the crease. It will be a huge task for the Indian bowlers to dislodge these 2 batsmen.
Australia will be looking to add some quick runs in the first 2 sessions on day 4 and will be backing themselves to bowl out India within 5 sessions.