IPL 2019: Kedar Jadhav needs few good knocks going into ICC Cricket World Cup, says Maharashtra Ranji coach Surendra Bhave

Jadhav, who has played nine matches for the Chennai Super Kings this season, has managed only 136 runs, with a lone half century (58) in it.

Press Trust of India, Apr 18, 2019 21:24:06 IST

Maharashtra Ranji team coach Surendra Bhave is confident that under-performing Kedar Jadhav will find form soon in the Indian Premier League (IPL) which will stand him in good stead going into the ICC World Cup.

Maharashtra's Jadhav, known to Bhave for several years, has been named in the 15-man Indian World Cup squad and is playing for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the ongoing edition of the IPL.

Kedar Jadhav is part of India's World Cup squad. AP

Kedar Jadhav is part of India's World Cup squad. AP

"I am sure he is totally focusing on the games in hand for CSK and also looking forward to once again create that form which makes a player feel comfortable going into the World Cup", Bhave told PTI on Thursday.

"Till last week or so he looked in good touch. So, I mean, it is a matter of time. If he gets two-three good knocks before going to the World Cup, it will set him right for the mega tournament," noted Bhave, a former Maharashtra opener and ex-national selector.

Jadhav, who has played nine matches for the Chennai Super Kings this season, has managed only 136 runs, with a lone half century (58) in it.

Bhave insisted that playing with confidence and going with an all-out approach to win is a characteristic of the 34-year-old Pune-born Jadhav.

"I think in any cricket match where Kedar (Jadhav) participates, he is only trying to win that match. And that's the part of his cricket which is very special.

"At no point in time you will actually see that he is not scoring at the asking rate or anything of that sort," he said.

"What you see is he (Kedar) plays purely for the team, he plays to win all the time and he has tremendous confidence in his cricket, whether it is batting, bowling or fielding (or) his added fitness, on which he has worked very hard on for the last 8-10 months.

"He is a confident player, who wants to win all the time and that's what separates him from others," explained Bhave

"He is keeping a low profile. Knowing Kedar well he is so fired up to perform well, that he is basically keeping to himself right now and doesn't want to be disturbed much."

Former opener Bhave also feels that Jadhav's inclusion in the World Cup squad was an encouraging development for Maharashtra's cricket.

"Its a very good news for Maharashtra cricket and, generally speaking, sports in Pune. It's a proud moment for all the Maharashtrians.

"And the fact that he has earned his spot in the team is heartening," he signed off.

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Updated Date: Apr 18, 2019 21:24:06 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254