It seems like Kedar Jadhav’s stint with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) was short-lived. After Jadhav’s last-over heroics against Mumbai Indians (MI) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 opener, he has now been ruled out of the tournament due to a Grade Two hamstring injury. He suffered the injury while playing against MI which made him go off the field in the 13th over of the run-chase. CSK have roped-in English all-rounder David Willey as his replacement.
Willey’s base price was Rs 2 crore, he could not find a bid in IPL 2018 auctions. The 28-year-old is the second Yorkshire player to be roped in IPL 2018 as a replacement for the injured player. Before him, Liam Plunkett replaced Delhi Daredevils’ Kagiso Rabada. Though it is not yet clear whether he has come in as a replacement for an injured Mitchell Santner or Kedar Jadhav.
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Willey is a seasoned T20 cricketer who has played in T20 leagues across the world. The left-handed batsman has two centuries to his name as well. His economy rate in T20s is 7.82 which is not bad either. The all-rounder can be the opening bowler and can be used as a floater in the batting order depending on the situation.
Willey has struck Australian spinner Nathan Lyon for five sixes in a row in a T20 match. On his day, he can take the game away from the opposition with both the bat and the ball.
Willey has also joined the list of players who have been chosen from the Registered Available Player Pool (RAPP) list.