Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni compiled a monumental partnership to steer India home in the first ODI against Australia in Hyderabad on Saturday. The duo helped the hosts register a phenomenal 6-wicket victory against the visiting Australian team to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. India has had its struggles with the middle-order not contributing with match-winning knocks on a consistent basis and now with Kedar and Dhoni’s fabulous century partnership, the selectors and the team management should be feeling quite confident about the middle-order issue ahead of the all-important 2019 World Cup.
Everybody is encouraging towards me
Jadhav composed a blistering unbeaten knock of 81 runs in the first ODI against Australia. For his match-winning performance, he was adjudged as the Man of the Match. After the match, Jadhav revealed that it feels very good to contribute in a winning cause on consistent basis. He mentioned that the captain as well as the team management has backed him throughout during his difficult times.
“It’s good to be consistently playing for India and doing well. Everybody is encouraging towards me, irrespective of how many times I have got injured. Every time I have got fit, I have walked into the team. Credit goes to the captain and management for backing me in my difficult times and this is my time [to] pay back the confidence and faith they have shown in my difficult times,” quoted Kedar Jadhav.
In a short span of career, Jadhav has scored 1,083 runs from 55 ODIs at an impressive average of 47.09. He also stated that the team management has cleared to him that he will be batting at the No.6 position. “It’s more than one-and-a-half or two years [since I’ve been batting at No. 6]. Till 2017 January against England in India, I batted at No. 6. From there, the management was looking at me as a finisher. They have clearly told me that, ‘you will be batting at No. 6 till the time you are there’. The management has been clear about everybody’s role, and everybody is clear about what is expected of individual players,” he added.