It Wasn’t Form But ‘Chicken’ Behind Kedar Jadhav’s Pune Heroics
Believe it or not, the reason behind Kedar Jadhav’s magnificent hundred against England in Pune was no form, no timing, nothing but was Chicken.
You read it right, according to former Indian selector Surendra Bhave, it was the chicken, who caused Jadhav to plugin runs with that intensity and guide his side to a famous win.
Bhave, who spoke to PTI early on Wednesday, said it was him who convinced Kedar to start having non-vegetarian food, which he believed added more power to his small frame of shots. Son of former Maharashtra State Electricity Board employee Mahadev Jadhav, however, Kedar hails from a vegetarian family.
Bhave, who has acted as a mentor for Jadhav in past said he isn’t stealing any stardom away from him saying all this and that he has also helped him improving his technique in past.
“You can surely give this credit to me. It was me who made him eat chicken. I don’t want to take credit for his stardom. I am like his coach, elder brother, mentor and guide, who meet on an off or exchange a few texts. The last time (in 2010-11) I told him that his back-lift looked astray and he immediately corrected it resulting in an amazing transformation.”
Jadhav was quite impressive in his stint in Pune, pulling off an exceptional hundred in just 65 balls. He along with Virat Kohli joined hands and stitched together a 200-run stand, which helped India beat visitors by three wickets.
Bhave, who fondly recollected the first time he saw a young Kedar during a Cooch Behar Trophy game against Kerala, where he hammered 195 from 262 balls, said he knew Jadhav would be an extraordinary talent looking at the way he was hitting the ball.
“I instantly knew he was special. With the kind of ease he was hitting the Kerala bowlers was really different. His body language always looks casual but he’s someone who loves to take on the opposition and finish the match.”
Bhave seemed to be taking notes of Jadhav’s game, claiming the Maharashtrian is an all-format player, who is capable of keeping wickets better than a lot of specialist keepers.
“I’ve little doubts that he is an all format player. I’ve seen some of his best knocks in multi-day cricket. He can bowl, give breakthroughs and his wicket-keeping is better than any specialist.”
India will now face England in the second ODI at Cuttack in Pune on Thursday (January 19).
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