IPL 2019: Chennai Super Kings hit with Kedar Jadhav injury setback ahead of Qualifier 1

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Kedar Jadhav's IPL could be over. Image - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

India will be concerned about the fitness of Kedar Jadhav after the Chennai Super Kings batsman picked up a shoulder injury in the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) clash against Kings XI Punjab.

Jadhav hurt his shoulder while fielding in the deep at Mohali on Sunday in the 14th over of Kings XI’s innings and did not subsequently return to the field.

The right-handed batsman is now expected to play no further part in the remainder of the tournament in a news which will have the Indian team management gravely worried less than a month before the 2019 World Cup gets underway in England.

“Kedar Jadhav’s getting an x-ray and a scan tomorrow,” CSK coach Stephen Fleming had stated after the clash.

“We’re hopeful for him. I don’t think we’ll see him again in this tournament for us. So now his attention will turn to what it looks like for the World Cup. He’s in some discomfort but we just need to be accurate with our assessments tomorrow.

Jadhav is a part of India's 15-man World Cup squad.

Jadhav is a part of India’s 15-man World Cup squad.

“Fingers crossed that it’s nothing too serious but it didn’t look that good.”

Jadhav is part of the 15-man India squad for the World Cup which is set to depart for England on May 22. If he is unable to recover in time, India might be forced to turn towards their reserve group of players comprising of Rishabh Pant, Ambati Rayudu and Axar Patel.

The batsman looks like a certainty to miss Chennai’s upcoming Qualifier 1 clash against Mumbai Indians at the Chepauk stadium which takes place on Tuesday.

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IPL 2019: KKR assistant coach Simon Katich - We deserved to finish where we did

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KKR assistant coach Simon Katich. Image - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

Follow a disappointing 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign which saw Kolkata Knight Riders miss out on play-off qualification, assistant coach Simon Katich had admitted that the side deserved to finish where it did.

Needing a win in their final league fixture against Mumbai Indians on Sunday to book a play-off spot, Kolkata fell to a crushing nine-wicket defeat at the Wankhede stadium to crash out of the tournament with a fifth-place finish.

Speaking after the game, a disappointed Katich said, “It did go wrong, that’s for sure.”

“Today is obviously disappointing but it’s a tough ask coming to Mumbai, we don’t obviously have great record here.

“Yes, it would have been great to win today and get through but to finish where we did is probably what we deserved given how our season went.”

Having started the season in blazing style with four victories in five games, Dinesh Karthik and his men fell away dramatically after going on a six-match losing streak. Katich rued the side’s costly home defeats to Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals in particular as he looked back on a disappointing campaign.

“We had a very good start but it fell away badly through that middle phase of the tournament,” he said.

“If you look back on our season, the two missed opportunities we had were in the matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals. We hadn’t played well through the season but to lose those two games was always going to come back and hurt us in the end.

“When you look back in the end, that’s what probably catches up with you, when you don’t win at home, where that wicket suits our style of play, particularly our batsmen, given how flat it’s been.”

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IPL 2019 Fantasy Round 8: Hardik Pandya and Imran Tahir must-haves, two wicketkeepers a good strategy

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Hardik Pandya.

We are in the final stretch of IPL 2019 and round eight of the fantasy league – run by official partners Dream 11 – is upon us.

Fantasy players will once again benefit from unlimited transfers as the tournament’s progress into the playoffs mean only four teams will be in action the penultimate round.

Here are our top tips to help you navigate this round of IPL fantasy.

TOP TIP FOR ROUND 8:

Two wicketkeepers

Only three batsman still in the competition are among the top 10 run-scorers this season. With the best hitters no longer active, it’s worth picking up two wicketkeepers instead with the likes of Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni and Quinton de Kock all among the runs this season while also capable of racking up points for dismissals. With few good all-rounders available as well, an extra bowler could prove crucial.

BATSMEN

Shikhar Dhawan (10.5 credits)

The opener seemed destined for a spot on the ‘biggest flops’ list early on this season but began to click as the competition wore on, hitting three half-centuries on the bounce at one point. He’s disappointed in his last couple of outings but remains a prime option heading into the playoffs.

Rohit Sharma (10.5 cr)

The Mumbai Indians skipper has hardly scaled the heights of previous seasons, scoring only two half-centuries in the 2019 edition. However, scores of 67, 12, 24 and 55* in his last four innings, suggests he may be regaining some form at the right time. He’s a player for the big occasion and on his day, can single-handedly guide his side to victory.

Manish Pandey (9.5 cr)

If he doesn’t do it for Sunrisers Hyderabad, there’s little chance of anyone else coming good. Prior to his most recent knock, Manish Pandey had registered three fifties – including 71* and 83* – and a score of 36 in his preceding four innings. Hyderabad aren’t the team they were with David Warner and Jonny Bairstow gone but Pandey offers some hope.

BOWLERS

Imran Tahir (7.5 cr)

At his price, this season’s second-highest wicket-taker is an absolute steal. With 21 wickets at an average of 16.52 and economy of 6.50 for Chennai Super Kings, Imran Tahir is a no-brainer. The South African spinner’s recent spell of 4-12 against Delhi Capitals was evidence of how good he can be in the shortest format.

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Ishant Sharma (8 cr)

With this season’s best bowler Kagiso Rabada injured, Ishant Sharma enters the fold because of the value he offers. In the South African’s absence, he is the spearhead of Delhi’s pace attack, he’s Indian and will only cost you eight credits. His three wickets last time out against Rajasthan Royals were encouraging.

Jasprit Bumrah (9.5 cr)

Only sixth for wickets this season but with an economy of 6.78, India’s premier seamer remains among the most impressive bowlers in the IPL. His recent Super Over heroics also points to his temperament under pressure, a key attribute at this stage.

ALL-ROUNDERS

Hardik Pandya (10 cr)

Mumbai Indians have consistently turned to Hardik Pandya whether it’s with the bat or ball and the 25-year-old has come up trumps for them. His power-hitting down the order has been key while 14 wickets this season only makes him more appealing. Apart from the star all-rounder, only Andre Russell has scored over 300 runs and taken more than 10 wickets this season.

Ravindra Jadeja (8 cr)

Ravindra Jadeja has been remarkably consistent this season and is a steady source of fantasy points with 256 under his belt so far. A healthy average of 33.66 is impressive considering how low he bats while 13 wickets in the current campaign has proved more than useful along with a tidy economy of 6.44.

Krunal Pandya (9 cr)

Given the dearth of options available in this position, it may be worth doubling up with another Mumbai asset by bringing in another Pandya. Krunal hasn’t been as explosive as his brother but 10 wickets this season along with a few runs under his belt, he earns a mention. However, a second wicketkeeper or even a fourth bowler – Deepak Chahar has been consistent – instead of a third all-rounder may be the way to go.

WICKETKEEPERS

MS Dhoni (9.5 cr)

Surely this is where Dhoni really comes into his element. With a staggering average of 122.66, the veteran skipper has already impressed this season, hitting three 50s so far. His 1.083 dismissals per innings this campaign is behind only Rishabh Pant.

Quinton de Kock (9.5 cr)

The South African narrowly edges out Pant here. The Indian is well ahead on dismissals (23 to 15) but Quinton de Kock’s form at the top of the order gives him the nod. He’s hit three 50s and two scores over 30 in his last eight matches.

Captain: Hardik Pandya

Vice-captain: Quinton de Kock

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