For the remainder of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, Kedar Jadhav has been recruited by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to replace the injured David Willey. The acquisition cost RCB INR 1 crore (approximately USD 122,300). The move comes after Willey flew back to England to nurse an injury he sustained during RCB’s previous match against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Who is Kedar Jadhav?

Kedar Jadhav is a 38-year-old Indian cricketer who has played for various teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL), including RCB, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He made his IPL debut in 2010 and has played 93 matches in the league, scoring 1196 runs at a strike rate of 123.17. He is also an occasional wicketkeeper and a part-time off-spinner.

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Kedar Jadhav, an IPL veteran, signs with RCB as an injury replacement

Jadhav was a much sought-after player in the IPL until a few years ago but didn’t get a chance to play in the 2022 season and went unsold at the latest auction. He had a fruitful domestic season in 2022-23, scoring 555 runs in just six innings for Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy at an impressive average of 92.50.

Jadhav’s IPL Career

After being traded from Delhi Capitals (then Delhi Daredevils), Jadhav played for RCB in 2016 and 2017. He turned out for RCB in 17 matches, scoring 361 runs at a strike rate of 145.35. He also performed the role of a wicketkeeper during his time with the team.

Jadhav’s experience and skills make him a valuable addition to the RCB squad. His ability to play spin and his off-spin bowling can come in handy on the slow pitches in the UAE.

RCB’s Performance in IPL 2023

At present, RCB has won four out of their eight matches and is ranked sixth on the ten-team IPL table. The team has had a mixed run so far in the tournament, winning four out of the eight matches played. The addition of Jadhav to the squad can provide the team with much-needed depth in the batting department. On Monday evening, Lucknow Super Giants and RCB will play against each other. The team will be hoping to put up a good performance and move up the table.

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RCB seeks to improve its IPL 2023 position with Jadhav’s addition

Conclusion

Kedar Jadhav’s signing as an injury replacement by RCB for INR 1 crore is a significant move for the team. Jadhav’s experience and skills make him a valuable addition to the squad. So far in IPL 2023, RCB has had a mixed performance and the team is hoping to improve with the inclusion of Jadhav.