IND vs AUS 2017, 5th ODI: I Really Don’t Know How I Get My Wickets – Kedar Jadhav
Bowling was probably the last department in which Kedar Jadhav contributed in domestic circuit before been given the ball for the first time by Team India.
A middle-order batsman who can also keep the wickets occasionally, Jadhav had bowled only 110.5 overs in 242 matches across his first-class, List A and T20 career before making his debut with the ball for Team India.
Nine wickets in nine years for Maharashtra and West Zone was enough to show his ability with the ball. However, when he was first handed the ball last year by MS Dhoni, he dismissed Kane Williamson in his very second over and had gone on to send back Tom Latham and Corey Anderson.
Recently, when India was finding it tough to break the mammoth partnership between David Warner and Aaron Finch, captain Virat Kohli gave Jadhav the ball, and the 32-year-old ended up dismissing Warner for 124 with his unusual action. Jadhav’s exploits with the ball have surely taken everyone by surprise, and the Maharashtra star has himself admitted that he doesn’t know how he manages to pick up wickets.
In a freewheeling chat with former Australia skipper Michael Clarke posted by bcci.tv, Jadhav said:
“Trust me; I really don’t know how I get my wickets. I’m just happy that I do my job whenever the captain asks me to. It has helped my batting as well, and I am more confident because of my bowling.”
Well, it seems by the time the batsmen finally manage to decode his bowling, he will be able to add many more scalps to his kitty which already has 16 wickets with the latest victim being Australia skipper Steve Smith in the fifth and final ODI.
Also to make an invaluable contribution with the ball, Jadhav has also impressed with his bat which is his primary role. The right-handed batsman, who had scored a blistering match-winning century against England earlier this year, had played handy knocks during the ongoing series against Australia with the latest being 67.
“I’ve always persisted with my natural games to play shots. Since the time I’ve come to the international stage, I take some time before playing my shots. I wait for 10-15 deliveries before doing so,” said Jadhav.
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