Indian middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav has been ruled out of the short 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka due to a hamstring injury. Jadhav was in a serious fitness battle to start the first ODI for India in Dharamsala and it has now been announced that not only will he not participate in the first ODI, but won’t take any part in the ODI series altogether. Young Tamil Nadu all-rounder Washington Sundar has been called in as a replacement for Jadhav in the squad.
The news will come as a big blow for Jadhav who was in a big battle to cement his place in the ODI squad. After a stellar start to his ODI career, Jadhav of late had struggled to score big runs in the ODI format of the game. India still have a slot open in the ODI format ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup in England, especially at the No.4 spot. The series against Sri Lanka offered a good opportunity to various contenders looking to cement their ODI place in the squad, including Jadhav.
The injury to Jadhav now provides the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer a perfect opportunity to score big runs if given a chance in starting XI against what is perceived to be a weak Sri Lankan bowling unit. The call-up will also come as a big boost in the career of young Washington Sundar who is capable both with the bat and the ball in hand. If groomed properly, Sundar’s skillsets would be a major boost for India in the upcoming years, especially when the overseas tours come rolling around.