Kedar Jadhav announces retirement from cricket in MS Dhoni’s style

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Kedar Jadhav

Kedar Jadhav, the seasoned Indian cricketer, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on June 3, 2024. The 39-year-old made this announcement via his social media handles, mirroring the retirement note of former Indian captain MS Dhoni.

Kedar Jadhav’s presence in Indian colours

Jadhav represented India in 73 ODIs and nine T20Is since his international debut in 2014. He earned his call-up for the international side for the Bangladesh series in June that year. However, he had to wait till the home series against Sri Lanka in November to finally get his chance.

Jadhav’s most prolific international knock was the 120 he scored off just 76 balls as India chased down a mammoth 351 against England in Pune. He and Virat Kohli scored scintillating centuries, adding a riveting partnership of 200 runs. Jadhav’s Player-of-the-Match-worthy performance outshone even the former India captain.

He was also part of India’s 2019 World Cup squad that made the semi-final. Although he endured a lukewarm outing with 80 runs from five innings, his innings of 52 against West Indies dug India out of a hole and paved the way for victory.

In the domestic circuit, Jadhav shot into the limelight during the 2013-14 Ranji Trophy, where he emerged as the highest run scorer of the season with 1223 runs while averaging 87.35. This included six half-centuries and two fifties with a best of 204. Jadhav’s red-hot form propelled Maharashtra to the final, where they lost to Karnataka.

In the Indian Premier League (IPL), Jadhav played 93 matches, scoring 1196 runs. He had stints with Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kochi Tuskers Kerala (now defunct), Chennai Super Kings, and Royal Challengers Bengaluru.

Jadhav’s retirement comes two days after Dinesh Karthik rode into the sunset. His last international appearance came against New Zealand in Auckland in 2020. Overall in ODIs, he has 1389 runs in 52 innings at an average of 42.09 and has scored two centuries and six fifties. With the ball, he has 27 wickets at an economy of 5.15.

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