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The Chennai Super Kings have been dealt a massive blow as batsman Kedar Jadhav has been ruled out for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a hamstring injury.
Jadhav suffered the grade two hamstring injury while batting during his side’s victory over the Mumbai Indians on Saturday.
Jadhav initially left the field in the 13th over, but returned after West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo struck a 30-ball 68.
With the Super Kings needing seven runs to win in the final over, Jadhav hit a six on the fourth ball and struck a boundary on the penultimate ball of the match to lead his side to a one-wicket win over the reigning IPL champions.
Following the victory, there were hopes that Jadhav would recover in a month, but that will no longer be the case, and the Super Kings will now have to bring in a replacement for the 33-year-old, who was bought at the IPL auction in January for INR 7.8 crores.
“We haven’t picked a replacement as yet but we will go through that process,” Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “It (Jadhav’s injury) is a big loss for us because he is obviously a very, very good player and a key player for us in the middle order. So big shoes to fill for a little man I guess.”
The Super Kings will be looking to build on their win against the Indians when they take on the Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday.