IND vs BAN: 3 Players Who Can Replace Ravindra Jadeja In Test squad For Bangladesh Tour

According to the latest reports, Ravindra Jadeja will miss next month’s tour of Bangladesh, which comprises 3 ODIs and 2 Tests that are crucial for the World Test Championship. Jadeja has been out of action since suffering a leg injury during the Asia Cup in Dubai, and consequently missed the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia where India were knocked out in the semi-final. Here are 3 good options to replace the injured Ravindra Jadeja for the Bangladesh tour:

Saurabh Kumar

29-year-old Saurabh Kumar is a like-for-like replacement for Jadeja - a left-arm spinning all-rounder. The Uttar Pradesh left-arm spinner had received his maiden India call-up for the 2 Tests against Sri Lanka earlier this year, but couldn’t get a debut. Saurabh Kumar has taken 222 wickets in 52 first-class matches at an impressive average of 24 along with 17 five-wicket hauls and 11 four-wicket hauls and he has snapped up 10 wickets 6 times in first-class cricket.

Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar Yadav has been on the fringe of the Test squad - he was called up later on the England tour last year and then was on the bench against New Zealand in the home series as Shreyas Iyer made his debut, hit a century and sealed his spot. Although Suryakumar Yadav hasn’t played red-ball cricket since February 2020 - he got into the Indian white-ball sides in early 2021 and missed domestic cricket - Yadav’s current sensational form could make the selectors ponder if he can carry it into Test cricket too; something like how England have transformed their Test side with aggressive batting, taking the attack to the opposition bowlers under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum.

Shahbaz Ahmed

The other renowned left-handed spin-bowling all-rounder that could replace Jadeja is Bengal’s Shahbaz Ahmed. In fact, ESPNcricinfo has reported that Shahbaz Ahmed “is likely to be named as Jadeja’s replacement for the ODI series” and hence could also be added into the Test squad.