This player has been quite instrumental in the team’s victory at crucial times and the reason for his shocking exclusion from the squad has been revealed recently.
After the second ODI of the ongoing Indo-Windies series ended in a draw in the last ball, the selection committee has come up with a new 15 member squad for the last three ODIs on Wednesday. Certain changes have been made taking into consideration the current form and fitness of the players. Some have been quite obvious while some utterly shocking.
Speedster Mohammad Shami has been dropped after being very expensive in the first two ODIs. This has invited the inclusion of India’s premium pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah to counter the Windies challenge. However, shockingly no changes were drafted into the batting department.
The man with the golden arm, Kedar Jadhav who performed exceedingly well with both bat and ball in the recent past has shockingly not been inducted into the revised squad. The cricketer upon interrogation confirmed having no news regarding the same and that he even didn’t know the actual reason behind it.
“I did not know this. Let’s see. You are the first one to tell me this. I need to see why they have not picked me. I don’t know what the plan is now that I am not there in the team. Probably, I will be playing the Ranji Trophy.”
While the cricket fans have expressed dissatisfaction and shock over this declaration of the panel, the chairman of India’s selection panel, MSK Prasad has defended the committee by justifying the reason for the same. He has clearly mentioned that the history of Jadhav’s fitness issues made them take such a decision. There have been several instances in the past when Jadhav’s hamstring had shown recurring issues.
During this year’s IPL, after being the hero for his team, Chennai Super Kings in the opening fixture, he had to leave the remaining ones owing to his hamstring. The same problem embraced him during the finals of the Asia cup as well. He struggled with his batting but eventually managed to take his team over the line in the last ball of the match.
“We did not pick Kedar because of his history of fitness. There have been occasions earlier when he has come back fit and then broke down, a case in point being the Asia Cup last month.”
They wanted the middle order batsmen to play some more domestic cricket in order to confirm his fitness. Jadhav is currently plying his trades in the ongoing Deodhar Trophy for India A after he was drafted into the side in the middle because of his injury woes. Three national selectors also watched his game in order to assess his performance level and the extent of his fitness. Jadhav smashed a quick and unbeaten 41 off just 25 deliveries and even ran 3 doubles in an over to establish his fitness, however the ODI squad had been announced by then.
Prasad also urged everyone to comprehend that they follow a methodology to induct players into the team and not on a random basis.
“Actually, we were thinking that if India A won today, then Kedar would have got another match, which would have given us a fair assessment of his match fitness. May be we could have added him as an additional player (in Indian team) before the fourth ODI as the Deodhar final is on Saturday. Players need to understand that there is a process that we follow while selecting the team.”