IPL 2018: Maharashtra’s coach feels Kedar Jadhav is totally worth the money CSK spent on him
"He may have had a patchy IPL last year but played really well for India - that's definitely a few levels above," he quoted.
Updated - Jan 31, 2018 2:45 pm
Team Chennai Super Kings made quite a few surprising buys at the IPL 2018 Auctions. Among the lot, the one purchase that stands as a highlight at the moment is that of Kedar Jadhav. The veteran Indian cricketer did not have the best of IPLs when he last turned up for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2017. Despite the fact, the Maharashtra head coach, Surendra Bhave believes that Kedar Jadhav can deliver the goods in the Chennai Super Kings squad.
As per the quotes in Sportstarlive, Bhave remarked that if Kedar has a successful outing in South Africa, he can be a handy player for CSK. Also, he tipped Kedar Jadhav to be totally worth the money CSK spent on him. Moreover, he feels that the ideal time for Kedar to flourish is in the final overs of the innings.
“Kedar is totally worth the money he’s getting. He may have had a patchy IPL last year but played really well for India – that’s definitely a few levels above. If he’s in good form in South Africa, he’ll be an impact player come April,” Surendra Bhave quoted.
“Kedar excels when he has lesser number of balls. Even for India, when he doesn’t have too many deliveries at his disposal he scores at a very brisk pace. Maybe CSK will be tempted to use him at No. 5 or 6,” he added further.
MS Dhoni using Kedar Jadhav as a bowler
Speaking further on the same note, Surendra Bhave remarked that Kedar Jadhav has the ability to outthink the bowlers. He uses the crease well and can play shots by shuffling around the crease. On most occasions, Kedar ensures that his strike rate is close to the 140 mark, which is ideal for any batsman in the shortest format of the game.
In addition to his batting might, Jadhav can aid the spin bowling department as well. Bhave noted that MS Dhoni had used Kedar as a bowling option in the Indian team. And hence, he will certainly look to do so in the CSK camp as well.
“His general idea of cricket is to go after loose deliveries. Kedar has that special talent for manufacturing shots when the ball’s not there – he shuffles around the crease, gets into good position and makes sure he strikes at least at 140,” mentioned the former selector.
“With M.S. Dhoni leading CSK, there’s every possibility he (Kedar) might be called in for one or two overs – sometimes, you need smart bowlers, especially after the powerplay, to slip in a few deceptive overs,” he quipped further.