Chennai Super Kings have been dealt with a huge blow as all-rounder Kedar Jadhav has been ruled out of the entire tournament due to a hamstring injury which he suffered during their first match against Mumbai Indians on Saturday. Coach Michael Hussey confirmed his absence saying that he suffered a grade two tear in his leg. “Unfortunately for us, Kedar Jadhav has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament. His hamstring scan didn’t come back so good. I believe it is a grade two tear. He is going to be out for some time. We haven’t picked a replacement yet, we will go through that process.”
Jadhav retired hurt in the 13th over of the run-chase for CSK. He, however, came out to bat again in the last over, at the fall of the 9th wicket after Dwayne Bravo’s heroics had brought CSK within a foot’s distance of victory with only 7 required of the final over bowled by Mustafizur Rahman. He then hit a six over fine leg off the fourth ball to level the scores and followed it up with a caressed drive through the covers to bring up the victory for CSK. In the post-match interview, he said that he was hopeful of recovering in time to come back to play in the yellow jersey as early as possible.
The team management hasn’t named a replacement yet but Jadhav’s injury will probably push Rayudu to the middle order as CSK will look up to Murali Vijay for the opening duties. Earlier in the auction this year, CSK put immense faith in the 33-year old Indian regular after having shelled out Rs. 7.8 crores; as his previous franchise RCB chose not to retain him. In the 13 matches that he played for Bangalore last year, he scored 267 runs at an average of 22.25 and a strike rate of 143.54 with a best of 69.