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IND vs AUS 2017: Kedar Jadhav gets Backing ahead of Indore ODI 

IND vs AUS 2017: Kedar Jadhav gets Backing ahead of Indore ODI
Kedar Jadhav

Team India middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav who is capable of playing the big shots on a consistent basis has failed to convert his starts in the last few matches for the national team.

The captain of the Maharashtra Ranji team, Jadhav has failed to make an impression with the bat in the ongoing ODI series between India and Australia. He had looked in good touch in both the ODI’s but threw his wicket away just when he was getting his eyes in and playing the big shots.

Former national selector Surendra Bhave who has been a stalwart at the Maharashtra circle during his heydeys said Kedar needs to get used to the idea you have a hundred deliveries at your disposal and not 20 or 30.

“One of the major factors (behind Kedar’s recent failures) would be getting used to the idea that you’ve 100 deliveries at your disposal and not 20 or 30. If he’s going to bat at that number, there’s a likelihood that he’s going to get a decent knock which is worth 90-100 balls. That’s something he’s working on right now – even that 40 against Australia in the series opener was a very refreshing start, and it started setting up the game for us after which Hardik Pandya and Dhoni turned it into a match-winning total,” Bhave was quoted as saying by Sportstar.

“The rearguard action started with Kedar, that way I’m glad he’s able to deliver. Even on a dodgy wicket like the one at Eden Gardens – maybe it was a little two-paced – he looked very comfortable; however, he seems to be getting out abruptly,” he further added.

He also spoke about the different numbers and different roles of Jadhav during his exclusive interaction with Sportstar.

“Understanding that different roles have to be taken while batting at different numbers” is the key for Jadhav according to Bhave. He further added, “Initially his (Kedar) role was to bat at No. 6 or No. 7 where you don’t get a lot of deliveries to face. He’s learning – a good knock which is needed is around the corner. He keeps showing that he is in good nick; he has got that temperament, so it’s just about fine-tuning it to the number you’re batting at.”

When asked if he sees Jadhav donning the Test whites for India shortly despite a late start to his career, Bhave was optimistic said it is about individual conditioning, and if one if fit to play all three formats then age shouldn’t be a factor.

“I think focusing on a shorter format is an individual conditioning. If your fitness allows you to play all three formats, then age shouldn’t be a criterion. You’ve to be mentally attuned to play certain formats of the game. And I strongly believe Kedar will be as effective in Tests as he’s in 50-over and Twenty20 cricket. That’s my personal belief.”

“You can have a look at his first-class record since 2008-09. He has actually played some cameos and even has a triple-hundred,” he said before recalling, “He played that absolute gem against Mumbai at the Wankhede stadium to win Maharashtra the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal in 2014, which wasn’t by any stretch of the imagination a simple thing to do. The ball was darting around for all four days, and Zaheer Khan was bowling unbelievably well.

“To soak the pressure and leave everything outside off-stump while making the bowlers bowl straighter – I’m pretty sure he’s an all-format player.”

When asked if Jadhav like few other Indian cricketers namely Ravichandran Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara is contemplating a county stint in England he said,

“Absolutely. [Kedar is] already contemplating a county stint and trying to find out whether he can actually play in England. I’m sure given the timing of the England tour, it (county cricket) will help everyone who wants to go to England to get acclimatised to the conditions and play some tough cricket.”

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