Best Innings of Kedar Jadhav in IPL
Back in 2018, when Chennai Super Kings returned in IPL after a temporary suspension of two seasons, they made quite a few shrewd signings in the auction. At the time, many pundits criticised their strategy, but the next couple of seasons proved that they got it all perfectly right. But amidst all the shrewd, low budget signings that they have made, they also spent a fortune on one particular player – Kedar Jadhav.
A couple of years down the line, CSK would perhaps regret the decision of shelling out INR 7.8 crores for him. Kedar Jadhav has not had much of an influence in a yellow shirt, and quite a bit of it is because of no fault of his. On his very first match in the CSK colours, he suffered an injury which ended his season. A year later, he found himself way down the batting order in an already well-established side, whose top and middle orders looked set in stone.
Best Innings of Kedar Jadhav in IPL
Having said that, we have got some good performances from Jadhav in the past. Let us have a look at Best Batting Performance of Kedar Jadhav in IPL:
5. 24* (22) vs Mumbai Indians
It might surprise some that a knock of just 24 runs has got a place on a list like this. But the significance of his unbeaten knock on the inaugural match of the 2018 season was unparalleled. Mumbai Indians batted first and compiled a competitive total of 165.
CSK faltered in the run chase and lost opener Shane Watson quite early. Hardly had he gone to the pavilion than Suresh Raina found himself dismissed as well. From there onwards, Kedar Jadhav played the role of a sheet anchor and ensured that he stays at one end until the very end. From the other end, Dwayne Bravo did the acceleration bit. But what really sets this innings apart is that, Jadhav continued batting irrespective of the injury he suffered in this game, and the excruciating pain it caused.
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4. 58 (54) vs Mumbai Indians
Best Innings of Kedar Jadhav in IPL: This match was once again against the same opposition, but we move a year forward to 2019 now. Jadhav’s half-century in this game is the only big score he got in the entire of the 2019 season. Mumbai batted first once again, and hit the 170-run mark this time around.
While they improved, CSK got even worse and lost both Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson inside the first couple of overs. From there onwards, Jadhav tried to build a base with Suresh Raina. Raina too was dismissed shortly after, followed by the skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Jadhav held on to one end and got his fourth half-century in IPL, but his side ended up losing the game.
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3. 50* (29) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Innings of Kedar Jadhav: From his latest IPL fifty to his first, we move back in time to 2010 for this mention. This was Jadhav’s first season in IPL, and he plied his trade for Delhi Capitals. Jadhav’s team batted first this time around, and unlike the previous occasions, he got a great foundation to work upon here.
The likes of AB de Villiers and David Warner had set the tone perfectly, so Jadhav’s task was simple – see the ball, hit the ball. He obliged, and played a blinder to complete his maiden IPL fifty in just 29 balls. His innings helped Delhi reach a total of 183.
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2. 63* (34) vs Delhi Daredevils
Best Batting Performance of Kedar Jadhav in IPL: The 2015 season was one of Jadhav’s most fruitful seasons in this competition. The match against Delhi Daredevils is a fine example of his sublime form in this season. Here, Hyderabad batted first and put up a total of 163.
Delhi’s opener Shreyas Iyer was dismissed for a duck, but Jean Paul Duminy and Quinton de Kock built up a good partnership. Just when things were looking bright, Delhi lost three wickets in the blink of an eye. Kedar Jadhav then had the responsibility of both building a partnership and keeping the scoreboard ticking. He did a fine job and scored an unbeaten knock of 63 runs.
1. 69 (37) vs Delhi Capitals
While 2015 might qualify as Jadhav’s second best season, 2017 was the year where everyone got to witness the actual potential of the pocket-sized dynamo. In this match against his former side Delhi Capitals, Jadhav’s then team Royal Challengers Bangalore batted first.
After a decent start, the hosts lost two quick wickets. Jadhav then raised to the occasion and played the best knock of his IPL career. He scored 69 runs just 37 deliveries, which included five boundaries and as many sixes. Banking on his innings, RCB reached a total of 157, as everyone else faltered.