Mumbai: Virat Kohli-led Team India suffered a huge blow on Wednesday when it was confirmed that all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was down with viral infection, making him doubtful for the first Test against South Africa starting on Friday.
According to a BCCI media release, the BCCI Medical team said that they were monitoring Jadeja’s situation.
“The BCCI Medical Team in consultation with the local medical team has decided that Mr. Jadeja will be taken to a hospital for treatment and expects him to fully recover in the next 48 hrs,” the source added.
However, the decision on his availability for the opening Test will be taken ahead of the first day’s play, that is, on Friday morning.
“A decision on his availability for selection for the opening Test against South Africa will be taken on the morning of the match i.e. 5th January 2018,” the source continued.
The 29-year-old Jadeja has been suffering from viral illness for the last two days.
Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan has been declared fully fit ahead of the opening match, which has made himself available for selection.
Dhawan had suffered a minor ankle injury before India’s departure to South Africa, and was doubtful for the first Test.
India will kick off their South Africa tour with the first Test at Newlands in Cape Town. The long tour will consist of three Tests, six ODIs and three T20s.