Selectors to give injured Kedar Jadhav time to recover for World Cup: Report
According to the tournament rule, the national selectors have a good period of time at their hands to wait and assess Jadhav's condition.
Updated - May 10, 2019 9:32 am
The national selection panel has decided to wait and not take a decision in a haste on Kedar Jadhav’s participation in the World Cup. Jadhav is in a race against time to be fit for the all-important tournament after suffering a shoulder injury. The middle-order batsman suffered the injury during Chennai Super Kings’ last league game in the ongoing IPL and was consequently ruled out of the remainder of the competition.
Jadhav had suffered a nasty injury while fielding near the boundary. Initially, it looked like all over for Jadhav but the Indian medical staff is optimistic over Jadhav’s availability. According to a report in Sportstar, team physio Patrick Farhart assessed Jadhav in Chennai on Tuesday and has advised the batsman to wear a sling for at least a week.
What gives India the chance to wait until the last moment is the rule. According to the tournament rule, the national selectors have a good period of time at their hands to wait and assess Jadhav’s condition.
The teams can change their World Cup squads till May 23 without seeking any permission from ICC’s technical committee. As a result, the MSK Prasad-led selection panel has decided to exploit it and give Jadhav ample time to recover and prove his fitness ahead of India’s departure on May 22.
In case Jadhav fails to recover, the selectors will have to pick one from the standby list which includes the likes of Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant and Axar Patel. Pacers Ishant Sharma and Navdeep Saini are the other two players in the list.
Jadhav’s poor IPL
Kedar Jadhav, meanwhile, has struggled for consistency in the ongoing season. In 14 games, the right-handed batsman scored just one fifty while scoring a paltry 162 runs at an average of 18. His strike-rate is also less than 100.