India cricketer Kedar Jadhav needs three-four weeks more to completely recover from the injury he sustained during the first match of IPL 2018. It was a bittersweet game for Kedar, while he got a seriously injured, the Chennai Super Kings batsman had also won the game for his team in style.
Jadhav had to go under a surgery in Melbourne and he said the rehabilitation is going well for now. "Rehab (rehabilitation) is good. Another maximum two-three weeks and I will be fit and start playing. I am allowed to bat now also, but because of rain, I am not able to. In two weeks I will start playing," Jadhav told reporters. "I am recovering faster than expected, so I am happy," he added.
The 33-year-old has suffered injury for the third time on the same muscle. The first one came against Sri Lanka, followed by third ODI against South Africa and now during the IPL. "Yes, it was a recurrent injury. Almost the third time, the same muscle was injured. I got injured first in December against Sri Lanka in Dharamshala, then in South Africa in the third ODI and then again in IPL," he said. "So when it (the injury) happens, again and again, you have to find a confirmed solution. The physios and doctors in India then decided that surgery will give me a better option to play for the longer duration."
Jadhav was eager to be a part of India's tour to England. But the injury got better of him. "I will say it was a difficult three month period, but I feel I understood the importance of fitness," added Jadhav, who has played 40 ODIs so far. "Injuries are a part of the game and we can't do anything. Overall I gained knowledge about my body," he said.
The Maharashtra cricketer revealed something special about his debut game for India. He talked about the support Indian skipper Virat Kohli has provided him during his career. "Not only this period, but since the time I have joined the team, his (Kohli's) support is there. I remember when I first got selected in the India team, he (Kohli) had gifted me a Blackberry phone. So Virat is always encouraging youngsters as a leader and off the field, he is a loving and caring person," he said.