Eoin Morgan was very candid in the post-match presentation after India, who had been set a target of 351, beat England by three wickets at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Sunday (January 15th, 2017). In addition, the England captain went on to make some sensible comments in the post-match press conference, about his team’s showing in the first ODI against India and praise Kedar Jadhav for his 76-ball 120, a knock which in harness with Virat Kohli’s 105-ball 122 took India to a breathtaking win and served a Sunday delight to all those watching.
In the post-match presser, a candid Morgan said: “What hurts the most is we had India 60-4.” “Credit to his (Kedar Jadhav’s) 60-70 ball hundred. We take our hat off to him. He was striking it from ball one and gave us no chances.”
Jadhav, unlike Kohli, didn’t seem like a man on a mission as he made his way to the middle at the fall of MS Dhoni‘s wicket, which left India reeling at 63-4 and staring at one of their big-margin and embarrassing ODI defeats.
But Jadhav, during the short time he has represented India in ODIs, has always batted positively and the most striking aspect about his batting is how he makes the art of batting look so simple.
In Pune, Kedar Jadhav exhibited a huge range of shots which saw him accrue runs through every position, almost: third man, fine leg, square leg, mid wicket, mid on, mid off, cover, extra cover, cover point, and point.
Another one of the conspicuous aspects about Kedar Jadhav’s batting is the sereneness he exudes. His sereneness and a huge array of strokes make him a dangerous batsman against any bowling attack. Because, as a bowling unit, you always look for chinks in a batsman’s armour and Jadhav does not seem to have many weaknesses in his batting.
Of course, the Pune ODI against England was Jadhav’s 13th only, so you can say that he’s relatively new in the international circuit, but in my opinion, his two big assets, sereneness and range of strokes, will probably see him taste success as an international cricketer in the coming years and be a valuable player for India, as well.
KedarJadhav’s knock in Pune, in my opinion, stands a notch above Kohli’s 27th ODI hundred, albeit the new Indian limited-overs skipper‘s ton was not of a lesser value.
Well played, Kedar.
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