One Of The Best Partnerships I Have Been Involved In: Virat Kohli
Two years back, when Kedar Jadhav made his debut in ODI cricket, the first ball he faced, he ran for a single and to take a notice he stepped down to make a contact with the ball which was enough to show that with how much confidence and believe he was coming to international cricket. Indian team needed 107 runs at that time to defeat Sri Lanka but Jadhav after sharing 35 runs with Virat Kohli fell to Ajantha Mendis whilst playing a needless shot. From 2014 to 2017, he has grown by a day.
The situation was much difficult today than two years ago and Indian team needed someone to stand with Kohli. A wiser Kedar Jadhav this time, decided to walk in line with skipper as the Maharashtra batsman went on to share 200 runs with Virat Kohli for the fifth wicket, to put India brink of a win in the first ODI, despite suffering through pain during his innings. Jadhav played an innings of 120 in just 76 deliveries not just to keep India afloat but to also provide the much-needed acceleration at the right time of the game.
The new Indian skipper Virat Kohli was in all praise for Jadhav as in the post-match press conference he said, “The way he (Kedar Jadhav) came out, he knew exactly how he wanted to bat on this wicket which I think was tremendous. You know four quick bowlers that they had, I think he tackled a lot of them really well, put a lot of pressure on spinners so spinners could not come back into the game. I think it was one of the best calculative innings I have seen. Striking at 150 was outstanding I mean and all clean shots you know he didn’t slog the ball once. So, brilliant I mean, that’s why we back him to play at six and I am glad I was there out with him to keep pushing him. He was disappointed in the last series against New Zealand when he couldn’t get us cross the line. His innings was outstanding. ”
Revealing about the chat and the plans which the two players had in the mid of the innings, Kohli said, “We spoke about how to tackle that situation and I think the best way that came out was a counter attack. I don’t think any of wickets we lost was because of good balls. I think we committed errors and the wicket was even better to bat in the second innings compare to the first innings. So we thought if we play percentage cricket, if we keep taking that calculated risk in the middle, the ball also travels very well here so we could hit sixes to put that pressure on the opposition every now and then so. It was one of the best partnerships I have been part of. Really enjoyable. This was something very special which will stay with me for a long time.”
It was one of the best chases in the history of Indian cricket as at one situation the home team was in deep trouble but Kohli and Jadhav steered the team close to a win before the finishing work was done by Hardik Pandya and R. Ashwin to get India one-up lead over England.
The second competition of the three-match series is to be played on January 19 at Cuttack and England will have a task to do some work there so as to prevent the last game to be recognised as a dead rubber.
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