India vs New Zealand 2019: Kedar Jadhav Hails MS Dhoni and the Top Order
Team India’s batting all-rounder Kedar Jadhav has lavished praise on his senior teammate MS Dhoni. Jadhav who has emerged as the vital cog in the wheel for the Men in Blue reiterated the middle-order is in good stead. He asserted that Dhoni holds the key while taking the game till the end. His statement came following India’s comprehensive 90-run win over New Zealand at the Bay Oval on Saturday (January 26). So far, both India vs New Zealand 2019 games culminated in a one-sided affair.
“All the middle-order batsmen are in good touch, especially MS Bhai [Dhoni], who was there till the last ball,” Jadhav told during the post-match press conference.
Dhoni’s experience helps the team: Jadhav
The 33-year-old Jadhav maintained Dhoni’s experience had helped the cause of the team apart from backing the partners in the middle. The Pune-based right-handed batsman Jadhav believes Dhoni’s ‘power’ had paid the rich dividends in general.
Soon after the game on the sidelines, Jadhav effusively praised Dhoni efforts for shaping him up as a cricketer. So much so, Jadhav has credited Dhoni for instilling belief in him during his reign.
“All the experience, all the power in his game helps us as well,” Jadhav added.
It’s important to figure out that Jadhav alongside Dhoni provided a much-need impetus for India while adding 53 runs for the fifth wicket in the second ODI. It eventually saw the batters smashing 21 runs in the 50th over to take the team’s tally to 324 for four, before bundling out the Black Caps on 234 in 40.2 overs.
And there is plenty to read about the statistical highlights for the recently-completed second ODI.
Dhoni falls short of two runs to complete his fourth consecutive half-century. He remained unbeaten on 48 off 33 deliveries, whereas, Jadhav smashed 10-ball 22*.
Kuldeep Yadav starred with the ball to bag four scalps for giving away 45 runs in 10 overs. Thus, it helped India to clinch the game by 90 runs in Mount Maunganui.
Jadhav sheds light on the consistency at the top:
While speaking about the toss, Jadhav remarked they have thought about batting first, and things went in their favour. However, he has hailed the consistency shown by the top-order batters.
“It depends on the wicket when we won the toss we wanted to bat first. And it started off well and the kind of top batting line-up we have, we get a got start 90 per cent of the time,” Jadhav further added.
Besides, Jadhav maintained they had done exceedingly well in the last four years. He added the side has mostly relied on the decent starts which read as high as 90 per cent success rate. He has also praised the commitment and perseverance shown by Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan at the top.
“Most of us who bat at number 5 or 6 don’t get to bat because our top batsmen are too strong. They’ve been doing the bulk of the scoring in the last 4-5 years,” Jadhav said.
Health Competition makes this team unbeaten:
While speaking highly of the 15-member squad, Jadhav was confident in saying that the players are gifted and their consistency has paved the way for the success of Team India. While meeting the expectations, Jadhav has further praised the efforts of the spin duo in the form of Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal.
“Our players are so talented individually that they’re bound to perform now and then. It’s the consistency of players that’s reflecting in how the team is doing well consistently,” Jadhav signed off.
With India enjoying the convincing victories on Kiwis shores, Team India skipper would be eyeing to seal the deal of clinching the series while playing his final game on New Zealand tour. The third ODI will kick off on Monday (January 28) as India lead the five-match series 2-0.
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