Kohli and his men did not show any mercy to the visiting England side. Thanks to a prolific batting performance India almost made it a clean sweep. It all started in Pune during the series opener, where Kedar Jadhav along with Kohli led the team to victory. The man of the match trophy was extra special for him, as he scored the century in front of his home crowd.
In all three games, the top order had fallen early leaving the team’s fate in the middle order. Throughout the series, the 31-year-old hit boundaries at will, as he proved to be the find of the series. But for the last match, Jadhav had almost made it a habit of winning matches for India.
In the last match, Jadhav didn’t have his captain to help rebuild the innings. Even though Hardik Pandya kept the run-rate elevated, the duo could not cross the finish line. The hosts needed 16 runs in the last over and fell short of the target by mere 6 runs. Jadhav had scored 10 runs in the first two balls but got out before sealing the win.
The Maharashtrian got a chance to prove his mettle, and he grabbed it with both hands. Jadhav has been lingering around the domestic circuit in India since 2004 when he represented a local cricket club in Pune. He went on to score a mammoth 327 in 2012, the highest triple century ever scored by a Maharashtra batsman.
Jadhav had made a mark in the 2013-14 Ranji season by aggregating the fourth highest runs in domestic cricket of all time. This led to his eventual inclusion in the IPL, first for Delhi Daredevils in 2013 and then for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2016. Subsequently, he came to the lime light of the selectors and earned himself an entry into the Indian cricket team in 2014.
Since then he has been included in the Indian team for the series against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and now England. After making his debut in the limited overs format, Jadhav has scored two centuries and one fifty batting at lower middle order. He proved to be the game-changer in the England series as India’s batting, despite playing full strength, had faltered while Jadhav repeatedly held the innings together.
Jadhav might have gotten a chance to take India to victory now, but he has been putting in relentless for a place in the side. After this series, it appears that all the hours spent by him in the PYC Hindu Gymkhana grounds in Pune had finally paid off.