Ravindra Jadeja is expected to announce his retirement from Test cricket. The southpaw, regarded as one of the best all-rounders in the world, has been a key member of the Test team in recent years, and his statistics are impressive. The left-arm spinner can take key wickets, and his ability to score runs at the bottom of the order makes him even more valuable.

These abilities make Jadeja a captain’s dream in the game’s longest format. In fact, in international Tests, he has been considered ahead of star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. However, it has been reported that the 33-year-old may retire from Test cricket in order to focus on his white-ball career.

Meanwhile, a teammate of Jadeja’s has told Dainik Jagran that the all-rounder may retire from Test cricket. During the home series against New Zealand last month, Jadeja had a forearm injury and had to miss the last Test. He is also out of the Test squad for the South Africa series due to the same reason. While many supporters hope he will return soon, the all-rounder may no longer play in Test matches.

In terms of Jadeja’s Test statistics, the left-handed hitter has appeared in 57 Tests, amassing 2195 runs at a strike rate of 33.76. He also has a total of a hundred. Jadeja has also taken 232 wickets with a strike rate of 2.41 and an average of slightly under 25. He has the record for the fastest left-arm bowler to reach 200 wickets in Test cricket, doing so in his 44th game in 2019.

Meanwhile, India will play three Tests in South Africa, beginning on December 26 at the Supersport Park in Centurion and concluding on Boxing Day. Apart from Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, and Axar Patel will also miss the Test series due to fitness concerns. As a result, it will be interesting to watch how the visiting team’s starting lineup will appear. Due to the absence of Axar and Jadeja, Ashwin is likely to be the first-choice spinner.