Selecting players for a particular role and then hoping they perform to their potential is an art, an art which the coach and the selectors have to get done at all times. However, in the recent past, the Indian management has not had the best times when it comes to selecting players and this has made their task difficult to win Test matches in overseas conditions.
Hence, when the Indian head coach Ravi Shastri tried to put forth the reasoning that Ravindra Jadeja was not a hundred per cent fit in the Perth Test owing to which he was not included in the match. This did not go down well with the Twitter audience, which lashed out at the muddled methods of the Indian coach.
Shastri had said Jadeja was not a hundred per cent fit
Shastri had said, "Jadeja had taken an injection four days after coming to Australia because of some stiffness in his shoulder. It took a while for that injection to settle down. At Perth, we felt he was about 70 to 80 per cent fit, and we didn't want to risk him. If he is 80% fit here, he'll play."
After Perth Test, Virat Kohli was asked about team selection, made no mention of Ravindra Jadeja's 'injury'. Now coach Ravi Shastri reveals it.— APRAMEYA .C (@APRAMEYAC) December 23, 2018
England - 4th Test - Shastri: Ashwin fully fit. Next Test, Kohli - Ashwin aggravated his niggle.
Hard to understand #cricket #INDvAUS
Jadeja's fitness revelation is such a novel concept for anyone who follows Pak cricket. Wahan halfway thru the tour no one outside the dressing room knew abt his fitness.— Hassan Cheema (@mediagag) December 23, 2018
Yahan EVERYTHING is in the media even before the whole dressing room knows the story. Difference is obvious.
Ravindra Jadeja will be available for selection for the upcoming third Test between India and Australia, which begins on December 26 in Melbourne. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made the announcement on Sunday evening, stating, "Mr. Jadeja's left shoulder has continued to improve and he is now available for the 3rd Test match of the series in Melbourne." However, frontline spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is still doubtful for the Boxing Day Test.
Elaborating on Jadeja's injury, the BCCI statement read, "Jadeja complained of left-shoulder discomfort after prolonged bowling spells during the 2018 West Indies ODI series. He underwent a guided injection in Mumbai for this on November 2. This gave Mr Jadeja good relief of his symptoms and he played in the Ranji Trophy match for Saurashtra from 12 to 15 November in which he completed 64 overs without any issues. He was thereby declared fit by the BCCI and selected for the Test series against Australia."