IPL 2019, CSK vs DC: Chennai Super Kings wait for struggling Jadhav to deliver
Jadhav’s ability to attack or anchor the innings makes him a handy option in limited overs cricket. And an unorthodox bowling action that can take batsmen by surprise makes the 34-year-old a handy all-rounder.Updated: May 01, 2019 01:43 IST
For someone tasked with providing solidity to India’s middle order at the World Cup, Kedar Jadhav has been pretty patchy for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.
The MS Dhoni-led side is through to the playoffs with two matches remaining, but Jadhav has hardly made any major contribution to that dominance. Going into the final phase of the preliminary stage after a four-day break, starting with the match against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday, Jadhav would want to weigh in with more.
Jadhav’s ability to attack or anchor the innings makes him a handy option in limited overs cricket. And an unorthodox bowling action that can take batsmen by surprise makes the 34-year-old a handy all-rounder.
While he has not bowled this IPL season, he has scored 162 runs in 12 matches, averaging 20.25.
“He would like to do more. He is building towards the World Cup as well. There are expectations that he will play a key role. But we need a little bit more from him. There have been opportunities. We sort of have him as a finisher with the ability to manipulate the field, but he is good enough to play an anchor role as well. He is disappointed that he has not made the most of these opportunities,” CSK coach Stephen Fleming said after Jadhav fell for six against Mumbai Indians during a 46-run loss.
MS Dhoni was unwell for that game and Jadhav was expected to carry the middle order responsibility. Instead, batting at No 5, he was bowled by a Krunal Pandya arm ball trying to play a late cut. Jadhav misjudging the spinners in particular has been evident in his reaching double figures in just five of his 11 innings. He has gone past 20 just twice this season.
“If we are going to win, we are going to need him (Jadhav) a bit more. T20 is a hard game to play and be consistent when you play down the order,” added Fleming.
The way Jadhav has been getting dismissed is even more worrying. He has missed the line of the delivery on most occasions while he has also looked impatient and nicked to be caught.
In the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore last week, he played a cross-batted heave against Umesh Yadav and top-edged to AB de Villiers at mid-off. CSK were reduced to 28/4 chasing 162 and a defeat looked imminent, but skipper MS Dhoni saved the day.
Jadhav is too big a player to be dropped by CSK but with IPL reaching the knockout stage soon, the middle-order batsman would be expected to repay the faith the team management has shown so far.