Kohli reflects on Jadeja's absence, gives update on Siraj's injury

Kohli reflects on Jadeja’s absence, gives update on Siraj’s injury

The decider clash between India and South Africa begins tomorrow at Cape Town. Kohli is fully fit and will resume the role of captain. In a press conference held ahead of tomorrow’s game, Kohli discussed a number of questions raised by the media and fans. One of them being the absence of Ravindra Jadeja, who is injured. Jadeja’s batting contribution lower down the order had won him the lone spinner’s slot ahead of R Ashwin in England, where India played four pacers. Kohli said Ashwin’s contributions with both bat and ball in South Africa have ensured India haven’t missed the balance Jadeja may have given to the team.

Kohli highlights Ashwin’s outstanding yet unsung contribution
“Jadeja’s value, everyone understands and everyone knows over the years what he’s done for the team, but I think Ash has been playing that role beautifully as well for us,” Kohli said. “If you look at his batting contribution in the last Test and the way he bowled in that second innings, 19 runs in 10 overs and picking up a wicket when he could have had two or three, I think that’s an outstanding contribution to the team.
“Ash knows that his game has come forward leaps and bounds, especially bowling overseas, he understands that himself, from Australia onwards, and he’s in a very comfortable space where he’s willing to contribute for the team and he’s doing so in the right intention, in the right way.
“So look, when you have these two quality cricketers, one or the other it really doesn’t matter. Unfortunately Jadeja has had an injury but Ash has done the job in his absence and we have full faith that Ash can continue to play that role of spinning allrounder for us in any conditions that we play.”
Kohli confirms Siraj’s absence for Final Test
Kohli also gave an update on Mohammed Siraj, who injured his hamstring in Johannesburg. The Indian captain has confirmed that Siraj won’t be fit to play in Cape Town, but he did not reveal who between Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav would replace him.
“We are yet to sit down – myself, the head coach, the vice-captain – to decide what we want to do about [Siraj’s] replacement, and I say that because of our bench strength. It’s difficult for us to figure out who will play because everyone is at the top of their game, bowling well, batting well, and these things become a point of discussion, contention, and you have to obviously have a healthy discussion around a decision like that, and just agree that everyone feels balanced about it, so yeah, we’re yet to have that discussion, but I would rather be in this position where we are yet to decide who’s going to play rather than having to figure out other options in terms of managing our balance and stuff like that.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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