Coming out of an injury, batting all-rounder Kedar Jadhav produced another brilliant spell of spin bowling against Pakistan, taking three wickets for just 23 runs in his nine overs. When asked about his success the right-arm spinner credits his success to former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The 33-year-old all-rounder told that life completely changed when Dhoni asked him to bowl in the New-Zealand series in 2016.
“Since the time Dhoni (MS) asked me to bowl in the New Zealand series (in the home ODIs in 2016), my life has completely changed and I feel confident about it. My bowling is all about trying to read batsmen. My plan is to bowl stump to stump, if you score, it’s fine, but if you miss, wickets are there for me.” Jadhav told Mumbai Mirror.
“Honestly, I bowl one or two overs before the match at nets. I don’t bowl much during training. I feel if I try and become a bowler, I will lose whatever I have. So I stay within limits,” he added.
With the injuries surrounding few of the players in the team, lately, Jadhav’s spell will become even more vital to the team in the coming matches of the Asia Cup. Having no part-time spinner in the side, Jadhav’s recent bowling performances is certainly going to help him ensure his place in the middle order of Indian Squad. However, the 33-year-old batsman has to click with the bat as well to cement the number six spot in the side.
Perhaps, the all-rounder has had a tough year, owing to his injuries in the last six to seven months.
“In the last six months, I’ve been injured more than three times on my left hamstring. After the IPL, again I got injured, so we decided to go for surgery. I feel after the surgery it has definitely helped me fitness wise, I don’t have it in my mind that I will get injured again. In the last four months, I’ve learned a lot about training and fitness, and it has definitely made me a better cricketer.” the 33-year-old cricketer said.
“Previously, when I got injured, and I returned to play after rehab, I used to feel I’m fit and it (the injury) won’t happen again. Many times I would skip my routines. But after the third time, regardless of how I feel, every day I start my day with training: both gym and running. So that gives me confidence that I’m getting stronger and fitter.” He added.
For now, we just hope Kedar remains fit and make an impact in the cricketing world through his stellar batting performances and superb bowling cameos.