Chennai Super Kings‘ (CSK) middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav, who batted despite injury during the opening match of 11th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) against Mumbai Indians (MI) at Wankhede Stadium; has now been ruled out from rest of the tournament. It was Jadhav, who held the nerve during the thrilling chase and remained unbeaten at 24 off 22 to win the match for CSK.
As reported by Cricbuzz, Jadhav has been diagnosed with grade two hamstring injury, which he suffered during the opening game. Moreover, during the chase, Jadhav got retired in the 13th over but returned back to the crease in the final over with 7 runs required after Dwayne Bravo was dismissed.
After the victory, Jadhav seemed hopeful of recovering from this injury within a month but as per the latest update, the franchise will have now look for other options. CSK bought Jadhav in the IPL 2018 auction at 7.8 crores.
“Big loss for us, very key player for us in the middle order,” CSK’s batting coach Michael Hussey said ahead of their first home match against Kolkata Knight Riders, which is scheduled on Tuesday.
CSK have not named any replacement but it seems Ambati Rayudu might be back in middle-order in the absence of Jadhav, who was opening with Shane Watson in the opening match as Faf du Plessis was not available.