In a major boost for Virat Kohli-led India, Kedar Jadhav has been declared fit for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, it was confirmed on Saturday.
Mumbai: In a major boost for Virat Kohli-led India, Kedar Jadhav has been declared fit for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, according to reports on Saturday.
The middle-order batsman will now travel to England with the rest of the Indian team on 22 May.
Jadhav's participation in the 10-team tournament was doubtful after he suffered shoulder injury in Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) final league game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL).
"Kedar's injury was not a serious one and he has fully recovered now. All 15 players who were picked in the squad are travelling to UK," a team source said to PTI.
Team India physio Patrick Farhart submitted Jadhav's fitness report, which cleared him. The fitness test was conducted on Thursday in Mumbai.
As per the ICC rules, changes in the 15-member preliminary squad are permitted till May 23.
Speculation was rife that if Jadhav will not recover, wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant will replace him in the squad.
The 34-year-old has amassed 1174 runs from 59 ODIs with a strike rate of 102.53, having made his 50-over debut against Sri Lanka in 2014.
India will open their World Cup campaign against South Africa on 5 June. They will play warm-up matches on 25 May and 28 May against New Zealand and Bangladesh respectively.
Their much-awaited clash against Pakistan will take place on 16 June.
With inputs from PTI.
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