Royal Challengers Bangalore has recruited Kedar Jadhav to replace David Willey for the remainder of the current Indian Premier League, the BCCI said on Monday. After the left-arm seamer was ruled out due to a foot injury he sustained in the previous game, the 38-year-old was signed for INR 1 Crore.
Jadhav failed to have a significant effect on the competition after making his debut in 2010, hitting only 1196 runs with a strike rate of 123.17. He has appeared in 93 IPL games, including matches for the Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He played for RCB in 17 IPL games in 2016 and 2017; the latter year was his best performance in the competition, as he scored 267 runs with a strike rate of 143.54.
With four victories in their first eight games, RCB are currently ranked sixth on the points table. Their next match is tonight against the Lucknow Super Giants. Jadhav replaces a bowling all-rounder who has appeared in 4 games for RCB this season, but he may fill a crucial position in the inexperienced and ineffective middle order.
Although he has never bowled in the IPL, he does have the additional side skills of bowling offspin, a position he has held in international cricket, and wicketkeeping, a position he has held in the IPL before.
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