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Kedar Jadhav gives a positive spin again in India vs Australia ODI in Nagpur

India’s Kedar Jadhav picked up the crucial wicket of Australia captain Steve Smith in the fifth and final ODI in Nagpur on Sunday.

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Oct 01, 2017 23:49 IST
Bihan Sengupta
Bihan Sengupta
Hindustan Times, Nagpur
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Indian wicket keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C) celebrates with Kedar Jadhav (L) and captain Virat Kohli after the wicket of Australian captain Steven Smith during the fifth One-Day International at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Sunday.(AFP)

Bowling figures of 1/48 in 10 overs normally won’t even get a second look. But it was the latest impressive show by India’s part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav, who helped pull back Australia after a solid start in the final ODI here on Sunday. Besides, Kedar Jadhav is a part-time wicketkeeper too, who is now asked to roll up his sleeves and send down a few overs. (IND v AUS 5th ODI blog | Scores)

Kedar Jadhav has elevated his role in the side and the fifth ODI bowling underlined his value to the side. Having been brought in as a specialist batsman, Jadhav, in his 34 ODIs so far, has had to bowl at least a few overs in half of those games. What’s interesting is in 11 of those 17 matches, he’s ended up with at least a wicket to his name.

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Jadhav’s deliveries are not those vicious turns; neither does his style resemble that of a mystery bowler. His is a simple action and his deliveries mostly have a plain trajectory as well. A similar one trapped Australia skipper Steve Smith on Sunday. It was a typical stump-to-stump delivery but Smith tried to sweep him despite the risk of Jadhav’s low-arm action. It hit him straight in front of middle-stump and Smith was gone.

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That was Jadhav’s fourth over and he had never bowled more than eight in a game. Yet, Indian skipper Virat Kohli stuck with him and made him bowl his full quota with left-arm spinner Axar Patel shouldering the responsibility from the other end. Neither had a change of ends for the 16 overs they bowled on the trot.

Before the start of the match, Jadhav had 133 runs to his name in the tournament, fifth among Indians with an average of 33.25. At the end of the Australian innings he was second in terms of economy rate bowling his off-spin. With the World Cup less than two years away, there’s isn’t a lot of time left for Jadhav to cement his position in the squad.

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His added credentials as a bowler is what gives him the edge over other claimants for a slot, including KL Rahul and Manish Pandey. However, the 32-year-old needs to stay fit and keep deliveries with the bat given he’s on the wrong side of 30.

First Published: Oct 01, 2017 18:28 IST