Former Chennai Super Kings batsman Kedar Jadhav, who hails from Pune in Maharashtra, has opened a new cricket academy in his hometown yesterday, March 14. Sharing a post of the inauguration ceremony on Instagram, Kedar Jadhav wrote: "Here's to a start of an amazing journey." Read more - 'Oye pehla match hai tera, sabko bat dikha', Ishan Kishan reveals Kohli's words after he reached 50
“Practice and coaching play a crucial role to give the players an uppercut to success. My dream to provide all the better facilities to the budding cricketers has finally turned into a reality today. Well equipped with all the International facilities, Kedar Jadhav Cricket Academy is all geared up to give the players a platform to script their successful cricketing journey,” Kedar Jadhav wrote while sharing photos from the inauguration.
The 35-year-old has led Maharashtra in domestic cricket and has also scored a triple-century across 78 first-class matches. For India, Kedar played 73 ODIs and nine T20Is after making his ODI debut in 2014 against Sri Lanka. Apart from being a lower-middle order batsman, Kedar Jadhav is also handy when it comes to bowling. During his peak, he was impactful, whenever India needed a breakthrough.
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With a slingy side-arm bowling action, he has taken 27 wickets in ODIs including a best of 3/23. He was always among the runs in the lower-middle order, scoring 1,389 runs including two centuries across ODIs.
Kedar Jadhav has been out of the Indian Cricket Team since early 2020, when India toured New Zealand for an ODI series. Following this, he had a poor run with the bat in IPL 2020, which eventually led to him being released by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise for IPL 2021. CSK were paying him for around INR 8 crores per season.
For IPL 2021, Jadhav set his base price for INR 2 crores, but failed to attract any bidder in the first round of the auction. However, Sunrisers Hyderabad bought him at the end for his base price.