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Kedar Jadhav refuses a run in final over, Twitterati scream ‘Drop him from CSK team’

Kedar Jadhav had a torrid time in the IPL 2020 clash between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi. Kedar Jadhav came into bat when MS Dhoni was dismissed for 11 in the 17th over and he did not make a good impression, defending his first ball solidly and then proceeding to play two more dot balls as Chennai Super Kings needed 39 off 18 balls.

When Andre Russell came in the 18th over, he dismissed the dangerous Sam Curran but Kedar Jadhav continued to struggle, missing two pull shots as he struggled with the bouncer barrage. After the end of the 18th over, Chennai Super Kings needed 36 off 12 balls and Jadhav had scored only one run in six balls.

Even against Sunil Narine, Jadhav struggled to time the ball and although he hit a four, only 10 runs came in the 19th over and Chennai Super Kings needed a mammoth 26 runs off six balls. However, his struggles and misjudgment reached another level when he refused a single off the first ball he faced in the final over. The fact that it was Ravindra Jadeja at the other end who was timing the ball well and not a tail-ender incensed social media no end.

Jadeja hammered a four and two sixes in the last three balls but the damage was done as Chennai Super Kings lost the match by 10 runs. Jadhav was unbeaten on 7 off 12 balls and this was Chennai Super Kings’ fourth loss in six games. The knock by Jadhav did not go down well with social media who relentlessly trolled the right-handed batsman.

IPL struggles for Jadhav

The last couple of IPLs for Kedar Jadhav has been a big struggle. He was injured in the first match of IPL 2018 but he played his part in taking Chennai Super Kings over the line by one wicket against Mumbai Indians in Wankhede. In IPL 2019, his form was underwhelming and yet again, he suffered an injury.

In IPL 2020, Kedar Jadhav has not been bowling and his returns with the bat have been woeful, managing scores of 22,26 and 3 before this match against Kolkata Knight Riders.

With four losses in six games in IPL 2020, Chennai Super Kings now face a situation where they have to win at least six out of their remaining eight games to have a chance of qualifying for the play-offs. Their task will not be easy as they face Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in a high-voltage Kaveri Derby clash on Saturday.

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