David Willey has been replaced by Kedar Jadhav for the balance of the IPL 2023 by Royal Challengers Bangalore due to injury. Jadhav was purchased for INR 1 crore (about USD 122,300).
In RCB’s home loss to Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday, Willey was struck on the toe while batting. Since then, he has taken a flight back to the UK. On their social media pages, RCB announced that Willey had also sustained an adductor strain in addition to having a fractured toe.
Jadhav, who is now 38, was a highly sought-after IPL cricketer till a few years ago, but he was unable to participate in the 2022 campaign and was not offered at the most recent auction. Since his IPL debut in 2010, RCB, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, and Sunrisers Hyderabad are just a few of the teams he has played for. After being moved from the Delhi Capitals (formerly the Delhi Daredevils), Jadhav played in 17 games for RCB in 2016 and 2017. I took a year off, but I soon realized I was missing my love. I found it extremely simple to play first-class cricket when I returned.” In the Ranji Trophy for Maharashtra, Jadhav had a successful domestic season in 2022–2023 by scoring 555 runs in six innings at an average of 92.50. “Every experience was beneficial. When I was in my early 20s, there was hunger. The desire to score significant runs remained present, and I believed I could return and compete at all levels because I had trained for it and had always performed well.
Jadhav most recently worked with the IPL Marathi language commentary crew.
Jadhav has participated in 93 IPL games and has amassed 1196 runs at a strike rate of 123.17. Jadhav, a part-time offspinner with a low, slinging motion, has four T20 wickets and 27 ODI wickets in 73 ODI appearances for India, although he has never bowled in the IPL. He occasionally serves as a wicketkeeper and did so for RCB throughout the team’s first two seasons.
RCB is now ranked sixth out of ten teams in the IPL with four wins and four defeats and will play their ninth game on Monday night away against Lucknow Super Giants.
Will Jacks, Rajat Patidar, and Reece Topley were all previously declared ineligible for the IPL 2023, adding to RCB’s injury woes this season. Josh Hazlewood missed the team’s first eight games of the season due to injury, but he is anticipated to play against LSG on Monday.