In a major boost for team India, captain Virat Kohli’s go to man Kedar Jadhav has been declared fit for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, scheduled to be played in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.
Jadhav will now board the flight to London with the rest of the Indian squad on May 22.
Jadhav’s participation in the 10-team tournament was in doubt after he suffered a shoulder injury in Chennai Super Kings’ final league fixture against Kings XI Punjab in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL).
According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had asked team’s physiotherapist Patrick Farhart to return to India early from Australia and monitor Jadhav’s situation. He then submitted Jadhav’s fitness report to BCCI and was given the green signal.
Apart from adding steel through his batting in the middle-order, the 34-year-old Jadhav offers a decent option in the bowling department with his part-time offspin.
He has played in 59 ODIs so far, scoring 1174 runs at 43.48 alongside two centuries and five fifties. He has taken 27 wickets as well and has an economy rate of 5.15.
India will open their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5. Before that they will play warm-up matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh on May 25 and May 28 respectively.