Too early to rule Jadeja out of T20 World Cup: Coach Rahul Dravid

“The World Cup is a fair way away, so we don’t want to jump to any conclusions and rule him out or in. It’s part of sport - people get injured,” India coach Rahul Dravid said.

FILE PHOTO: Dravid added that fast-bowler Avesh Khan is “under the weather with a little fit of fever”.

FILE PHOTO: Dravid added that fast-bowler Avesh Khan is “under the weather with a little fit of fever”. | Photo Credit: ACTION IMAGES VIA REUTERS

“The World Cup is a fair way away, so we don’t want to jump to any conclusions and rule him out or in. It’s part of sport - people get injured,” India coach Rahul Dravid said.

India head coach Rahul Dravid stated that it is too early to rule an injured Ravindra Jadeja out of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Jadeja, who sustained a knee injury, will take no further part in the Asia Cup.

“Jadeja is obviously ruled out of the Asia Cup. He is under the care of the medical team. He will see the doctors and experts. The World Cup is a fair way away, so we don’t want to jump to any conclusions and rule him out or in. It’s part of sport - people get injured. It’s part of our job to manage how it goes. A lot will depend on his rehab and the severity of the injury. I don’t want to rule him out or make too many comments until we get a clearer picture,” Dravid said in a press conference here on Saturday.

Dravid added that fast-bowler Avesh Khan is “under the weather with a little fit of fever”. “Avesh is not at practice today, but hopefully it is not too serious and he is okay for the match tomorrow,” Dravid said.

Asked if the Indian top-order batters have bought into the team philosophy of playing attacking cricket, Dravid said, “Everyone has bought into it. We have talked about playing positive cricket, but also being smart. It’s about ensuring that you get par-plus scores, depending on what par is on that particular pitch and conditions. We don’t want to be a team that falls below par. We’ve had some challenging wickets in this tournament. It is probably not 200-run wickets.”

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