India is coming off of an impressive ODI series victory over New Zealand in Kiwi’s backyard. This series win was extremely important for India as they are only the third team to win a bilateral ODI series 4-1 in New Zealand.
In the fifth ODI, the most crucial bowler as the second spinner was Kedar Jadhav, who bowled seven overs, conceded 34 runs and taking the wicket of Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson.
Kedar Jadhav made his ODI debut for India back in 2014 when he was 29-years old. He only had 8-wickets in 162 domestic matches. But now that he has played 54 ODI matches for India, he has proven to be an extremely reliable spinner for India having picked 25-wickets in total.
His contribution to the team didn’t go unnoticed, as Rohit Sharma praised him for his outstanding performance in recently concluded series against New Zealand.
“Kedar gives us that balance being a second spinner. I consider him a proper spinner because every game he bowls 6 or 7 overs and gets a wicket as well. Even today, the wicket of Kane Williamson, it was a crucial point. He came and broke that partnership,” he said.
“I think, especially after the Hamilton loss … we needed to come together as a team and we came together as a team right from ball one,” Sharma said. “After losing those four early wickets all we needed was somebody to apply, someone to take the game on and Rayudu and Shankar did that pretty well. That partnership I think was the turning point and the way Hardik and Kedar (Jadhav) played at the end was magnificent.”
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