Jadeja has been out of the action since September 2022, after he picked up a knee injury during the Asia Cup. Post that, he underwent a knee surgery and went to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for rehabilitation.
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Playing for Saurahstra, Jadeja recently returned back to competitive cricket with a seven wicket haul against Tamil Nadu in a Ranji Trophy match.
Comeback man Jadeja bowled a long spell and also batted for a good amount of time as he would like to add miles to his legs in what could be a very physically demanding Test series than most.
Since most of the players save Cheteshwar Pujara, Jaydev Unadkat and Umesh Yadav are coming from white ball games, the team think-tank headed by Rahul Dravid wants each and every player to get enough time during their five days of practice before the commencement of the first Test at the VCA ground in Jamtha.
With 16 members plus four net bowlers from fringe — namely Rahul Chahar (Rajasthan), Washington Sundar, Ravisrinivas Sai Kishore (both TN) and Saurabh Kumar (UP), it is understood that India are preparing to face a lot of spin bowling from Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Swepson and left-arm spinner Ashton Agar.
The spinners who had been summoned are those whose state teams are no longer in the fray for Ranji Trophy semi-final.
The presence of four spinners in the main squad and another four makes a total of eight spinners in the set-up.
(With inputs from PTI)