2017 ICC Champions Trophy: Kedar Jadhav And Rohit Sharma’s Departure Delayed
India batsmen Rohit Sharma and Kedar Jadhav’s departure to England for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy has been delayed due to separate reasons.
Team India left for England on Wednesday evening (May 24) but Rohit and Jadhav stayed in the country.
Rohit has delayed his departure to attend a cousin’s wedding. The opening batsman, who had recently led Mumbai Indians to a record third Indian Premier League title, had requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to grant him a few days leave to attend a cousin’s wedding and the board has subsequently agreed.
On the other hand, Jadhav could not travel with the team because his visa did not arrive in time. The BCCI had approached the British High Commission to grant the required clearance but to no avail. The middle-order batsman is now expected to leave for England on Friday (May 26).
Both the players will be available for India’s first warm-up game against New Zealand on May 28. India’s second warm-up game is against Bangladesh on May 30 before the defending champions begin their title defence on June 4 against Pakistan.
“Rohit Sharma had made his request a long time back. So the BCCI agreed to the request,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
“His (Jadhav) visa is cleared now and he is expected to leave on Friday. We waited for it earlier but nothing happened till late on Wednesday evening. Both players will be available for the first warm-up game on May 28,” the official added.
Meanwhile, Team India skipper Virat Kohli has demanded ruthlessness from his players for the tournament which according to him is more competitive than the World Cup.
“In Test cricket, we have been able to reach the top with that mindset, having the hunger to win. We have taken it across all formats. Ruthlessness is something we definitely speak about all the time. We go in with that mindset and that goes a long way in a tournament like this,” Kohli said before the team’s departure.
“In the Champions Trophy, you have to be on top of your game from game one. If you are not, your chances go down pretty soon,” he added.
The eight-team showpiece event will start on June 1 with hosts England taking on Bangladesh.
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