Kedar Jadhav Declared Fit, Will Travel With Squad for World Cup

Indian all-rounder Kedar Jadhav, who had injured his left shoulder during the Indian Premier League (IPL), has been declared fit for the upcoming Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.

The 34-year-old had picked up the injury while trying to stop an overthrow from Ravindra Jadeja during Chennai Super Kings’ against Kings XI Punjab on 5 May. Jadhav had immediately left the field and it was reported that he would be out from action at least for two weeks. The news had sent a scare in the Indian camp ahead of the World Cup.

Jadhav underwent a fitness at Mumbai Cricket Association’s Recreation Centre on 16 May after which the Indian cricket team physio Patrick Farhat handed over a report to BCCI, clearing the cricketer for the World Cup.

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"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.

Speculation was rife that if Jadhav will not recover, wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant will replace him in the squad.

As per the ICC rules, changes in the 15-man preliminary squad are permitted till 23 May. Rishabh Pant, Ambati Rayudu, Axar Patel, Navdeep Saini and Ishant Sharma are part of the standby list.

Jadhav has scored 1174 runs in 59 ODIs with a strike rate of 102.53, having made his 50-over debut against Sri Lanka in 2014.

India will start their World Cup campaign against South Africa on 5 June. They will play warm-up matches on 25 and 28 May against New Zealand and Bangladesh, respectively.

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