Kedar Jadhav Doubtful For World Cup-Opener Despite Hitting Nets
Kedar Jadhav has made a significant process in his quest to get fit for the World Cup. There were big doubts over his participation in the early games of the World Cup after he missed the IPL playoffs as well as the final due to a shoulder injury. Jadhav had injured his shoulder while fielding for Chennai Super Kings against Kings XI Punjab in their last league game.
The apprehensions only grew when Jadhav missed both of India’s warm-up games. Media reports then suggested that the Maharashtra star is more than likely to miss India’s first World Cup clash against South Africa on June 5. However, Jadhav provided the team huge boost by participating in successive net sessions. But recent reports suggest that the middle-order batsman is still a doubtful starter for the World Cup opener against South Africa.
During the net session, Jadhav has batted without any apparent discomfort in his shoulder. Not only that, he had also rolling his arms. Jadhav had not bowled at all in the IPL due to his dodgy hamstring. But there are still doubts over whether he will be considered for the opening game against South Africa on Wednesday.
Jadhav is an integral part of the team and is certain to play all the games provided he remains fit. The middle-order batsman has been a revelation with his spin bowling. Time and again, skipper Virat Kohli has relied on Jadhav for breakthroughs and the latter has rarely disappointed.
With the team set to play at least nine games, the team-management is likely to take any action in haste. The team would prefer Jadhav miss the first game instead of aggravating his injury again and miss the crucial games or the entire competition. As a result, Jadhav looks more than likely to warm the bench when India start their World Cup campaign.