India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has finally made a comeback as he has been named in India’s squad for the first two Tests of the Border Gavaskar Trophy. Jadeja is a sure shot to play in the first Test which starts on 9 February in Nagpur after proving his match fitness in the Ranji Trophy. But it will be interesting to see if the cricketer will be able to create an impact straight away.
Nevertheless, as all eyes will be on Jadeja, the all-rounder was queried about his rehabilitation after the knee surgery which kept him out of the action for several months. In a video shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the 34-year-old is seen talking about his recovery process and how it felt like missing out on a big tournament like the T20 World Cup (2022).
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“I am feeling really good and excited that I am wearing the Indian jersey after almost five months. I have been blessed that I am getting this opportunity again. Obviously, it is frustrating when you don’t play for five months but I was eagerly waiting to go out on the field and play for India again,” said Jadeja.
“I was struggling with my knee for a long time and had to undergo surgery anyway but the key was when should I get it done- before or after the T20 World Cup. Doctors recommended I get it done before the tournament because the way I was struggling, I would have missed out anyway. So, I underwent knee surgery.
“But the time period after the surgery was the main challenge. You have to consistently work on rehabilitation and train regularly. You also start to doubt if you will be fit on time or not and when you watch others playing, it feels like I wish, I was also there’. But these little things also push you to complete your rehabilitation.
“The trainers and physios at NCA (National Cricket Academy) worked a lot on my knee. They used to devote a lot of time to me. Even on Sundays, when there is an off day at NCA, they used to visit me and help me with my treatment,” added Jadeja.