India suffered their first defeat of the ICC World Cup 2019 against England going down by 31 runs on Sunday at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Their batting has failed in the last two matches, and it was the same against the host which earned MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav a lot of criticisms. As India gear up to bounce back, the management is thinking to make a ring of changes which should possibly put Jadhav out of the playing XI.
India likely to drop Jadhav in the next game
Kedar Jadhav has been completely out of touch which has hurt India badly in the World Cup so far. Last night when he walked out to the middle, India needed 71 runs off last 5.1 overs. Although it was a daunting task with required run-rate almost touching 13 runs per over, but it was not impossible given the small boundaries and flat wicket. Jadhav managed to score only 12 runs from 13 deliveries with only one four and showed no intent of scoring runs. Jadhav and Dhoni played out seven dots and ran 20 singles in the 31 balls they faced together.
As things stand now, Kedar Jadhav’s place hangs by the wire. Ravindra Jadeja who has been waiting outside for an opportunity might come in against Bangladesh. So far, Jadeja has come in as a substitute fielder and has grabbed two outstanding catches. Yesterday, he picked an excellent catch diving forward to provide India with the first breakthrough after a healthy start by England. Moreover, Jadeja has the experience by his side of playing at the biggest stage and is likely to get a go against the neighbours.
So far, Kedar Jadhav has managed to score 80 runs from six innings including a half-century coming against Afghanistan. Besides, he has not picked wickets and also has not bowled in all of the games which raised doubts over his place in the playing XI.
India have not yet booked a berth in the semi-finals, but victory over Bangladesh will seal them a spot in the last four.