Team India has faced a major issue with Kedar Jhadav being doubtful for the showpiece event. Jhadav , a part of the Chennai Super Kings team injured his left shoulder in an attempt to stop a boundary in the match.
If Kedar Jhadav fails to recover by 22nd May when the Men in Blue board the flight to London, Ambati Rayudu or Axar Patel could be the possible replacement for Kedar Jhadav. 22nd May is the last date for all the teams to put a stamp on their 15 member squad for the quadrennial event.
The BCCI national selectors have been kept apprised of Jadhav’s recovery process on a day to day basis. They are keeping a very close eye on his fitness in conjunction with physio Farhart. It’s too early to say whether Jadhav will be fit enough to take part in the tournament but call on that will taken next week probably as late as the departure date of the Indian team which in May 22, a BCCI was quoted as saying by CricketNext on Wednesday.
The selectors had nominated five standbys to cover all bases. Since Kedar Jadhav is a specialist batsman, the selectors are looking at replacing with either Ambati Rayudy and Axar Patel. Other three standbys are Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma and Navdeep Saini. By naming Pant in India team’s ODI games against West Indies A on Tuesday.
The selectors have given a clear indication that for now. They want the Delhi wicket keeper to focus on Indian senior team’s west Indies tour which will follow immediately after the World Cup.
Team India”s head coach Ravi Shastri also told CricketNext in an exclusive interview that he was not worried about Jadhav’s fitness.
As for Kedar, Maharasthra captain has often been bogged down by injuries. In the opening game of IPl 2018, he suffered an injury which kept him out of the remainder of the tournament and also the subsequent national tour of Ireland and England.