The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) franchise were silent for large parts of yesterday’s auction for the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The side had already retained a huge chunk of their players and needed to make only a few buys to fill up the gaps. They went for three players – Kedar Jadhav, J Suchith and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, finishing as the side with the least action at the auction.
SRH had a more than decent season last year in the IPL as they finished 3rd. The side didn’t have a lot of problems with regard to team combination except an Indian middle or lower-order batsman in the XI. In that regard, Kedar Jadhav’s signing seems like a smart buy due to the Indian international’s rich experience playing in such roles for both the Indian team and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise.
VVS Laxman discusses why Kedar Jadhav was acquired
SRH’s mentor VVS Laxman spoke to Star Sports about why they went for Kedar Jadhav in the auction and said, “As far as Kedar Jadhav is concerned, just his experience will strengthen our middle order, we have exciting middle-order batters, in the last few years, we missed the experience in this department. Kedar is also a useful bowler, he is an international experience. I am happy that he is with us.”
Kedar Jadhav had a disappointing season last year as he struggled to get runs for the CSK franchise. He also came under criticism for his slow knocks in pressure situations which led to him being dropped from the XI and eventually released as well. He then enrolled in the auction at a base price of Rs. 2 crores and was bought by the SRH franchise.