Kedar Jadhav admits trusting MS Dhoni blindly: The Indian all-rounder disclosed listening to everything what the veteran cricketer says.
India all-rounder Kedar Jadhav’s obsession with former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman doesn’t seem to end. Given the manner in which both of them have finished innings for India lately, one understands from where the 33-year old cricketer is coming from.
During India’s tour of New Zealand earlier this year, Jadhav had said on record that blind trust in Dhoni helps his game. Making sure that his media statements are not one-off scenarios for the sake of it, Jadhav laid emphasis on the same after stitching another match-winning partnership alongside Dhoni last night.
Appearing on the latest episode of Chahal TV with India chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, Jadhav funnily denied reports of opening the batting with Dhoni in the second ODI at Nagpur.
“We have world-class opening batsmen. I don’t have any such wish of opening the batting. Where I am batting right now, it is the best position for me. That is why the team management has made the decision to play me there,” Jadhav was quoted as saying.
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Speaking highly about Dhoni, Jadhav used words like ‘fortunate’ and ‘dream come true’ to describe of batting with him for India. “I consider myself fortunate to bat alongside Mahi bhai. I used to see him on TV during my younger days. This opportunity of not just playing with him but winning the match for India with him is like a dream,” he said.
“It is important to not lose shape”
During the first ODI at Hyderabad yesterday, India needed 11 runs in 13 balls to seal the chase. It was at this time that Jadhav hit a six off Australia fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, his first of the innings.
On being asked is he was inspired from the Dhoni School of Finishing Matches that he hit a six during the end, Jadhav said that hitting a boundary at that point in time was the need of the hour.
“The situation demanded for a boundary [or a six] then. In such situations, it is very easy to lose your shape in a bid to hit a boundary. I had thought of hitting a boundary on that ball but was aware that I will have to time the ball than use power.
MS Dhoni-Kedar Jadhav partnership:
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Dhoni finishes it with back to back boundaries – India go 1-0 up in Hyderabad!
Kedar Jadhav (81*) and MS Dhoni (59*) hit half-centuries as Australia’s 236/7 is overhauled with 10 balls remaining – India win by six wickets!#INDvAUS scorecard ➡️ https://t.co/xuIPOCa09Y pic.twitter.com/B1ZpfvNwvy
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“Since my game is based on timing, I knew that if he [Coulter-Nile] pitched the ball up, I will hit it down the ground without losing my shape. Moreover, the bats [SS TON] these days are really good and it helps,” Jadhav added.
“I follow Mahi bhai blindly”
During the partnership, a 37-year old Dhoni had experienced a cramp. However, it didn’t restrict him (or Jadhav) to not run the tight runs. One such instance came when the duo ran a couple of runs off a mis-field. Being asked about the same, Jadhav laid emphasis on trusting whatever Dhoni says.
“As I said earlier, whatever Mahi bhai says, I follow it blindly and achieve success. You should ask this question to Mahi bhai. I mentioned it to him while batting that as long as you are standing with me, I don’t fear anything. His presence gives me a different confidence altogether,” Jadhav concluded.
Watch the full video below:
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