Royal Challengers Bangalore named Kedar Jadhav as a replacement for David Willey in the ongoing IPL 2023 season. Willey played four matches for RCB this season and scalped three wickets. His injury is, however, unspecified.
Kedar Jadhav Named As David Willey’s Replacement
Jadhav, who last featured in the IPL in 2021, was roped in by RCB for INR 1 crore. IPL statement reads as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday named Kedar Jadhav as a replacement for David Willey for the remainder of the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023.
Willey, the England all-rounder, played four matches for RCB this season and scalped three wickets,
Jadhav, who made his IPL debut in 2010, has so far played 93 IPL games and has 1196 runs against his name. The right-handed batter, who has previously represented RCB in 17 matches, was brought on board for INR 1 Crore.
Jadhav was out of limited-overs cricket since November 2021 before making a comeback with two appearances in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in November 2022. The 38-year-old then relished a superb comeback to First-Class cricket by cracking 283 in his first FC match in four years since January 2019.
Jadhav’s century was also his first First Class ton since late 2018 and his first 200-plus score since his record-breaking 2013-14 Ranji Trophy season, where he emerged as the leading run-getter with 1223 runs in 17 innings. Jadhav’s highest First Class score of 327 had come in the 2012-13 season against Uttar Pradesh.
While he has never bowled in IPL, he does possess additional part-time skills of bowling off-spin – a role he has performed in international cricket – as well as wicketkeeping, a role he has fulfilled previously in IPL.
Kedar Jadhav FC Scores in last 6 months:
128 & 2 vs Mumbai, Ranji Trophy (Test)
72 vs Hyderabad, Ranji Trophy
56 & 15 vs Tamil Nadu, Ranji Trophy
283 vs Assam, Ranji Trophy
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Jadhav had featured in 73 ODIs and 9 T20Is for India and is also the only Indian to amass a 40-plus average and 100-plus strike rate in ODIs (min. 1000 runs).
RCB will play their next game against Lukcnow Super Giants on May 01 in Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow.