“Long way to go” – Ravindra Jadeja quashes rumours of Test retirement

Ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has quashed all reports of his retirement from the longest format of the game. Incidentally, recent reports suggested that Jadeja might hand boots from Test cricket to prolong his career in the white-ball formats.

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Incidentally, Jadeja suffered an injury during the first Test against New Zealand at the Green Park in Kanpur. Subsequently, he was missed the final Test against the Black Caps at the Wankhede Stadium and was left out of the three-match Test series against South Africa.

With reports surfacing that Ravindra Jadeja might require at least six months to regain full fitness, many claimed that he might contemplate retiring from Test cricket. However, the all-rounder from Saurashtra has dismissed all such claims with a social media post. Taking to Twitter, he wrote:

“Long way to go.”

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In another tweet, Ravindra Jadeja targeted the media houses from spreading fake claims. He wrote:

“Fake friends believe in rumours. Real friends believe in you.”

Overall, Ravindra Jadeja has played 57 Test matches, scoring 2195 runs with the highest score of 100 not out at an average of 33.76. He has taken 232 wickets at an average of just under 25 and an economy of 2.41. Currently, Jadeja is  Number 4 in ICC Test Rankings for all-rounders.

The all-rounder has largely been responsible for India’s steep rise in Test cricket in the last few years. He along with Ravichandran Ashwin have been at the heart of India’s Test bowling in Indian conditions.

Ravindra Jadeja’s absence will be severely felt in the series against South Africa. India will have to rely on Ashwin and Jayant Yadav along with the pace unit. India’s tour of South Africa starts on December 26 with the opening Test to be played at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Johannesburg and Cape Town will host the other two Test matches.

 

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