The selection committee which had previously excluded this player in the revised ODI squad for the last three ODIs against the Windies have announced his inclusion at the last moment.
There seem to have been a hell lot of drama taking place within the selection committee regarding the final team decision for the remaining ODIs of the ongoing Indo-Windies ODI series. In a recent talk, the chief executive of the selection committee who had clearly revealed that the middle order batsman, Kedar Jadhav has been rested for his fitness history, have taken their words back.
Kedar Jadhav has been finally drafted into the side for the fourth and fifth ODIs, giving the ongoing drama regarding his selection, a perfect ending. BCCI had recently taken to Twitter the inform all the cricket fans about Jadhav’s inclusion into the squad for the final two ODIs.
Here’s what the BCCI tweeted:
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 26, 2018
Recently, when fingers were raised upon the selection committee regarding why this star player has been excluded, the chief selector MSK Prasad had defended the panel stating that it’s because of the player’s fitness history and that they wanted him to play some more matches in the domestic circuit did they drop him.
Jadhav himself was taken aback when he was asked about his exclusion from the squad. He told that he had no idea regarding this and that it was quite unimaginable about why that happened considering his full fitness and form at the moment.
Meanwhile, Prasad had also said that they followed a process for all the players while taking their names into consideration, which they must understand. However all these talks and so called processes seemed to be meant to just shroud their oblivion regarding the player.
The man with the golden arm was overlooked in actual practice while drafting the revised squad. The selection committee had completely forgotten about him which created this entire drama. Nevertheless, for Jadhav it is like “all is well that ends well”. This 33 year old player’s wait is finally over as he successfully makes his cut into the side.
Jadhav had last featured in the Asia Cup final against Bangladesh where he developed a hamstring. He struggled with the batting as a result but was efficient enough to take the team over the wire in the very last ball. He had been off the field since then.
However he had recovered completely recently and featured in one of the matches in the ongoing Deodhar Trophy for India A where he established complete proof of his absolute fitness by smashing a quickfire 45 off just 25 deliveries. Now that he has finally made it into the squad, youngster Rishabh Pant will have to make way for him who was the favourite in his absence.
Jadhav’s inclusion in the team would be an added advantage for the men in blue because of his all-rounder abilities. His low arm action has been a source of headache for many batsmen in the past which gives the skipper an additional option to try him out incase any of the regular bowlers has an off day in the field. His match winning knocks in the middle order would be something to consolidate the batting line up even further.