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India vs Australia: Captain backed me in my tough phase, it’s payback time now – Kedar Jadhav

Kedar Jadhav has had multiple breakdowns due to a dodgy hamstring which also included a near six month lay-off due to a surgery.

cricket Updated: Mar 02, 2019 23:35 IST
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Kedar Jadhav plays a shot against Australia in the first ODI.
Kedar Jadhav plays a shot against Australia in the first ODI.(PTI)
         

Virat Kohli has backed him to the hilt whenever he has had injury issues and Kedar Jadhav feels that it’s “payback time” for all the faith that the Indian skipper and the team management showed in him.

Jadhav has had multiple breakdowns due to a dodgy hamstring which also included a near six month lay-off due to a surgery.

“Obviously, the kind of confidence they have given has helped me deliver consistently. Credit goes to the captain and management for backing me in my difficult times and this is my time that I pay back to the confidence and faith they have shown in my difficult times,” Jadhav said after his 81 not out powered India to a six-wicket victory against Australia in the first ODI.

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“Everybody has been encouraging towards me irrespective of how many times I have got injured you know. Every time I have got fit, I have walked into the team. That is the kind of confidence that the team management has in me,” he spoke with a lot of gratitude.

The Maharashtra all-rounder said that the team management has already specified him that he is their designated “finisher at No 6”.

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“It’s more than one and half or two years that I have been batting at this number (No 6). I still remember in January, 2017 against England in India, I batted at No 6 only and got Man of the Series,” he said.

“From thereon, the team management has been 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. So the management and team had been clear about everybody’s role and everybody is clear about what is expected of individual players.”

First Published: Mar 02, 2019 23:29 IST

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