Indian all-rounder Kedar Jadhav could miss out on playing two warm-up games prior to the league phase of World Cup 2019 as he has not been declared fit, a report in Mumbai Mirror suggests. As per the report, he might only be fit from the second league stage game and could also miss out on playing the first game against South Africa on June 5.
It also means that if Jadhav flies to England for World Cup, he will not be 100% fit and will have to prove his fitness before being included in the playing XI for the matches. Patrick Farhat, the physio of Indian cricket team, is monitoring the fitness of Jadhav. Should he presume that the all-rounder will be match-fit during World Cup, Jadhav will fly to England for the tournament.
He had suffered a shoulder injury during CSK’s tie against Kings XI Punjab. Stephen Fleming, the head coach of Chennai Super Kings, had later confirmed that Jadhav has been ruled out of the tournament. The injury suffered during IPL did raise concerns over Jadhav’s World Cup place and now it all depends on whether he will be declared fit for the tournament or not.
It was the first time that Jadhav was included in World Cup squad. He had made his debut in November 2014 but missed out on a place in 2015 World Cup squad. He then made his comeback to the side and with his blitz in home series against England in 2017, made it to the squad for ICC Champions Trophy.
Injuries saw Jadhav being in and out of the side. He remains to be one of the favourites of the team management due to his ability to bat and chip in with crucial wickets at the same time.
The team management will hope Jadhav to be fit in time but if ruled out, it will be a big blow to team India’s hopes. Either of Axar Patel and Rishabh Pant would be roped in if Jadhav is ruled out. Ambati Rayudu is also on the standby list but his poor IPL form might not help his case.
India kick off their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5. They will next face Australia on June 9.
Virat Kohli an co will fly to England for the tournament on May 22.