CSK’s wounded hero out of IPL
Spanking the winning runs in the Chennai Super Kings stunning one wicket win over the Mumbai Indians will be the last act of the Indian Premier League for allrounder Kedar Jadhav.
Jadhav suffered a grade-2 hamstring strain that saw him retire hurt only to return with 7 needed off the final over.
The allrounder did the finishers job in unorthodox style, unable to run or get power for a big straight hit he ramped Mustafizur Rahman for six over fine leg before slapping him through the covers to seal the win.
Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey says the injury comes as a huge blow to the squad.
Hussey said: “We haven’t picked a replacement as yet but we will go through that process.
“It (Jadhav’s injury) is a big loss for us because he is obviously a very, very good player and a key player for us in the middle order. So big shoes to fill for a little man I guess.”
The Aussie coach confirmed that Murali Vijay missed some training days after taking a knock to the ribs but is confident that the India man will be ready if called upon.
He added: “From what I understand M Vijay got a bit of a knock on the ribs in the first few days of training.
“So he has been quite sore actually. He is slowly working his way back to full fitness. He has been training well, though, and hitting the ball nicely.
“Sometimes, it’s just the gut feel of the captain and the coach about which way they want to go and on this occasion [in Mumbai] they decided to go for Rayudu.
“He has obviously played for India and done very well as well but M Vijay I can say is batting very nicely as well. It’s a nice headache for the coach and captain to have. Vijay is ready to go for sure.”
Next up for the Chennai Super Kings will be a contest against the Kolkata Knight Riders at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
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