Injuries to Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul create a timeline: 11 injuries in 36 months
Ahead of the 2nd test match India vs England in Vishakapatnam, injuries to Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul were a big blow for Team India.
At present, Ravindra Jadeja (35 years) and KL Rahul (31 years) have tallied their injuries up to 11 since 2021.
The duo combination’s highest streak of injuries is not only disturbing the Indian cricket team’s squad structure but also loots the chances of younger cricketers longer opportunities to be a part of the playing XI.
Over the last 3 years, injuries to Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul have been common, thereby missing more matches rather than being played. Unfortunately, it hurts the Indian cricket team management to a certain extent.
When a comparison is made, Jadeja got injured five times, whereas KL Rahul has reached up to eight in the last three years. Particularly, it is a worrying sign for Team India.
Immediately after the completion of the first test match, the injuries to Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul forced BCCI to declare these star players as unfit in the playing XI for the ongoing 2nd test match against the Three Lions.
Injuries to Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul: A Timeline since 2021
The injuries to Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul have built a long list that has persisted since 2021. Several questions arose among many cricket enthusiasts such as:
- Is age becoming a hindrance?
- Does it create any obstacles for cricketers by playing non-stop cricket?
- Are the bodies of these cricketers’ wearing down after crossing the age of thirty?
Cricket fans will get clear-cut answers to these questions by comparing the injury timelines of these core Indian players over the past three years.
In recent years, Ravindra Jadeja’s contribution while batting at the lower-middle order has dropped significantly by facing these injuries in the following timeline:
1. January to March 2021: Thumb Injury
While batting in the Sydney Test during the Border Gavaskar Trophy, Jadeja fractured his left thumb. Mitchell Starc’s delivery fiercely struck his thumb finger. Later, the scans confirmed Jadeja’s injury as a severe fracture. Consequently, he was away from the home test series against England.
2. November 2021 to February 2022: Forearm injury
After receiving the scan report, the selectors dropped Ravindra Jadeja from the 2nd test against New Zealand due to a heavy swelling on the forearm. Moreover, he had to miss the South Africa tour before returning for the bi-lingual home series against Sri Lanka from February to March 2022.
3. May to June 2022: Rib injury
Facing a tough time as the Chennai Super Kings captain, Jadeja injured his rib while fielding against Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, he managed to return for the rescheduled 5th test match against England. But, it was shocking that within three months, the Indian all-rounder faced this injury.
4. August 2022 to February 2023: Knee injury
During the crucial phase of the Asia Cup 2022 tournament, Ravindra Jadeja encountered a knee injury. The damage was so severe that he stayed off the Indian national cricket team for the next six months.
Due to this reason, he missed these crucial tournaments and series before making his comeback in the Test series against Australia in February 2023:
- ICC T20 World Cup 2022
- India Tour of Bangladesh 2022
- Sri Lanka Tour of India 2023
- New Zealand Tour of India 2023
5. January 2024: Knee injury
Recently, Jadeja returned to NCA (National Cricket Academy), after pulling his hamstring on Day 4 of the first test match against England in Hyderabad.
He shared a picture with the caption “Home for next few days”, which means that there are slim chances for him to play the remaining four test matches of the series.
It all started in 2015 when KL Rahul was ruled out of the one-off test series against Bangladesh due to dengue fever, which was very unfortunate for him after waiting months to make his test debut. Especially, it was from 2021 to till date when he started facing a majority of severe injuries as shown in the timeline below:
1. January 2021: Wrist Strain Injury
KL Rahul twisted his wrist ahead of the third test in Sydney against Australia.
He returned to NCA after he strained his wrist and the management ruled him out of the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21. Unluckily, neither he did not play the first two test matches completely nor he could become a part of the famous series win.
2. May 2021: Appendicitis
Amidst the IPL 2021, the Punjab Kings skipper underwent surgery for Appendicitis.
Ahead of the clash between Punjab Kings and Delhi capitals, the franchise officially released a statement stating that KL Rahul was suffering from acute appendicitis. Before his timeline in the tournament was reduced, he scored 331 runs in just 7 innings.
3. November 2021: Thigh strain
The selectors excluded KL Rahul from the 2-match test series against New Zealand due to a severe strain on his thigh.
4. June 2022: Groin/sports hernia
Earlier, the selectors roped KL Rahul as captain to lead Team India in the home T20I series against South Africa. However, due to a groin injury, Rishabh Pant replaced KL Rahul as the skipper.
The sports hernia is the same issue that Suryakumar Yadav faced. SKY too underwent surgery in Germany after the third T20I match of the series against South Africa in December 2023.
Finally, he returned one month before the Asia Cup 2022 after facing a long layoff due to injury.
5. December 2022: Hand Injury
Ahead of the 2nd test match at Dhaka, KL Rahul injured his hand during the practice session. Luckily, the injury wasn’t severe enough to rule him out of the test match against Bangladesh.
6. May 2023: Thigh injury
During an Indian Premier League IPL match in 2023, KL Rahul injured his thigh while chasing a ball on the field. The injury was so intense that he had to undergo at least three months of rest. It means that he wasn’t a part of the World Test Championship 2023 finals played against Australia.
Moreover, he couldn’t make himself available for the West Indies and Ireland Tour.
7. August 2023: Niggle
Despite the selectors roped him in the Indian squad for Asia Cup 2023, KL Rahul didn’t completely recover from his Niggle. It resulted him in staying out for the first two matches of the tournament.
However, Rahul managed to make himself available for the rest of the matches in Asia Cup 2023. Moreover, he was able to be part of the winning squad under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. Team India won against Sri Lanka in the finals by 10 wickets. Moreover, it was the 8th win for the Indian cricket team in the entire Asia Cup tournament.
8. January 2023: Quadriceps injury
Three months after recovering from the loss and severe criticism for his slow performance in the World Cup 2023 finals, KL Rahul had to undergo severe pain in his right Quadriceps. The injury was much deeper such that the selectors had to rule him out of the 2nd test match against England in Vizag.
As cricketers become older, they enter the toughest phases of their careers to maintain their fitness levels.
From the above timeline, it becomes evident that the injuries to Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul have been occurring in frequent intervals of time.