It was the occasion of the semifinal. India vs Bangladesh and India won the toss choosing to field.
Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim’s fine counter-attack in excellent batting conditions meant they had added 111 in 19.1 overs. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja didn’t seem too much of a threat. Hardik Pandya wasn’t spared either. Runs were flowing. Kohli had a fifth-bowler problem.
He could’ve turned to Yuvraj Singh, but he went to Jadhav and ended up with wickets of both set batsmen in a spell of 6-0-22-2 to blow away the tension. Jadhav became a star of the game.
“I saw him once or twice he was looking for big shots so pushed two or three balls quicker,” he said. “Then I knew he is waiting for the slower one, so I kept it slightly on a shorter side so he wouldn’t be able to get it on the front-foot. He also played it cross-batted, and missed it.”
But Virat Kohli revealed that the plan to bring on Kedar Jadhav in the middle overs was devised by him after consulting with former captain MS Dhoni.Jadhav too revealed Mahi helped him a lot in his developments.
“He provides me with all the knowledge that he has,” explained Jadhav of the input he had received from the former India captain. “Even while I am bowling he is looking at me and from his eyes only I can tell what he wants me to bowl.”
Dhoni doesn’t need any verbal communication, it’s his eyes that speak from behind the stumps.India will face arch-rivals Pakistan in the finals of the tournament on the Oval.