Yesterday, the Indian team sealed an emphatic win over England in the first ODI of the series at Pune. The pair of Kedar Jadhav and Virat Kohli was the driving force behind the win as they shared a partnership of 200 runs for the fifth wicket to rescue the team from a tough situation as at one stage, the home team was four down with a score of 63 but the pair was right on the money for the team and kept England at bay for the period they batted.
Indian team suffered a scare in the mid stages when Virat Kohli was dismissed on a score of 122, leaving a steady looking Indian team in a bit of trouble. A cramping Kedar Jadhav added further to the scare of the team but Jadhav still managed to churn out 18 more runs to help India get more close to the total.
The former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly was is all praise for Kedar Jadhav as he said, “What a way he’s done it. I thought he played better than Virat Kohli. We always talk of Virat Kohli but as I said he played a better knock. He came in under pressure 63/4. It’s different coming at 31/1 and 63/4. So you got to give credit to Jadhav. He was exceptional,” Ganguly told India Today.
Jadhav was playing more aggressive than Kohli throughout the innings as Kohli gave him the freedom to go for his shots along with the responsibility not to commit any error, which was not the case when Jadhav made his debut in the year 2014 against Sri Lanka.
With a century to his name, Jadhav also became the first Indian batsman in past 20 years to score a century at home in ODIs. The Maharashtra batsman was also awarded the Man of the Match award for his match winning innings of 120 off just 76 deliveries.