I have no clue how Kedar Jadhav gets wickets: MS Dhoni
Kedar Jadhav has been the revelation of the ongoing ODI series so far. And surprisingly, it is his bowling that is making the news instead of his batting. The spinner has so far taken six wickets in the series and more importantly he has given the team breakthroughs when the team needed them the most. In the very first match of the series, he dismissed James Neesham and Mitchell Santner off successive balls to peg back the opposition. In Delhi, he took one wicket for 11 and the wicket was of Tom Latham who is New Zealand’s most consistent bowler on the tour.
He was spot on with his off-spins in the third ODI too. He was brought on when the Kiwis were coasting at 73 for 1 in 12 overs and he made an immediate impact as he trapped New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson plumb in front of the wicket. Seventeen overs later, MS Dhoni handed him the ball once again and Jadhav did not disappoint this time too as he dismissed Corey Anderson. And his third wicket was the most important of all as he dismissed a well-set Tom Latham.
Well, just like the others, Indian skipper MS Dhoni has also been left surprised with Jadhav’s bowling.
Expressing his surprise over Jadhav’s bowling, Dhoni said after the match:“The surprise package has been Kedar. He’s got crucial wickets. I feel if you can get wickets in the middle you can restrict the opposition. Bowling department has done their job. When you win games, there’s a tendency to brush everything under the carpet. We need to improve in those last 5-7 overs. I have no clue how he gets wickets, that’s the reality of it [talking about Jadhav]. Important that someone in the top 5-6 gives you some overs so that there’s no pressure on Hardik to complete his 10. Hoping that Jadhav improves more and even to the right-handers, he’s able to bowl.
Meanwhile, when Kedar was asked about the reason behind his success with the ball, he said: “I guess my action and the height at which I bowl makes it difficult for the batsman. I also change my pace. We don’t have an off-spinner in the side (Maharashtra). So, whenever there is a left-hander batting, I am the one who takes the responsibility. I want to be good in everything and I am getting better.”
After the comprehensive 7-wicket win in Mohali, the hosts are leading the five-match series by 2-1 and will look to wrap up the series on October 26 in Ranchi.
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