Kedar Jadhav fit to play WC

Omkar Paranjape
Sunday, 19 May 2019

Boost for Team India, as the all-rounder clears medical tests post the injury he sustained during IPL 

Pune: Nothing about Kedar Jadhav is conventional. From an uncanny bowling action to his quick, frenzied shuffles at the crease, there is nothing copybook about him. 

The middle-order batsman has had his fair share of injuries, hampering his participation in IPL playoffs. 

There were doubts over his participation in the upcoming World Cup amidst the reports of BCCI waiting till the departure date for the cricketer’s fitness. However, it seems that the wait has worked as Kedar Jadhav looks certain to travel with the team to England.

There is still a doubt if he would recover fully in time for the practice games. The team management is backing him to be 100 percent fit just in time for the World Cup. 

Kedar’s importance
The Pune based player is a vital cog in the Indian team as he can contribute with both bat and ball. He has the ability to adapt his game according to the situation and requirements and adds a different dimension to the team. His strike rate of more than 100 in ODI’s is a testament to his attacking nature.

What’s the story?
Kedar suffered shoulder injury in the final league game of Chennai Super Kings’ IPL campaign. This injury ruled him out of the IPL playoffs and there were doubts surrounding his participation in the World Cup.

Team India physio Patrick Farhart has submitted a report to BCCI where he has given Jadhav the green signal to take part in the World Cup after the right-handed batsman passed a fitness test. Jadhav is now set to board a flight to England with the rest of the squad.

The all-round effect
His impact can be seen in how he has climbed up the ladder in the all-rounder category. Since he began bowling, Jadhav is the fourth most successful ODI all-rounder in world cricket (min 200 runs and 10 wickets). He has made over a 1000 runs and taken 27 wickets with batting and bowling averages of 42.83 and 34.7 respectively.

A good measure which can be used to estimate the effectiveness of an all-rounder is the difference in batting and bowling averages. Jadhav’s average difference is 8.12, which is only exceeded by three other players in world cricket in the time frame under discussion since he began bowling in October 2016.

While both Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya are seen as bowlers capable of bowling ten overs on their day— Jadhav is rarely viewed with such conviction. However, numbers tell a different tale. While he has taken lesser wickets than Jadeja and Hardik — a factor that can be attributed to him bowling lesser than the two — Jadhav has a better average and a comparable economy to the two bowlers, ascertaining his importance to the team.

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