Kedar: ‘I could play so many ODIs because of Dhoni’s support’


India batsman Kedar Jadhav on Thursday stated he owes lots to former captain M.S. Dhoni, who backed him all through his profession and helped him play so many One Day Internationals (ODIs) for the nation. ODI specialist Kedar was dropped from the squad for India’s dwelling sequence towards South Africa. The three-match ODI sequence finally was postponed as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

While it appears to be like like that is the top of the highway for the 35-year previous, it will be honest to say Kedar loved a good run in 50-over cricket, enjoying 73 ODIs.

“Growing up Sachin (Tendulkar) was my idol like every aspiring cricketer. I regret I could not play with him. But when it comes to favourite cricketer, it has to be Dhoni,” Kedar stated throughout Chennai Super Kings’s Instagram Live chat.

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“When I met Mahi bhai I thought he is India’s captain and he would be very strict. After meeting him, I don’t see any other image when it comes to favourite cricketer,” stated Kedar who has made 1389 runs with two lots of and 6 fifties for India since making his debut in 2014.

“I could have played 8-10 ODIs but Mahi bhai supported me and he had a calming effect on me. When I see him I get confidence and if you get that from your captain, it helps a lot,” he stated.

Asked about his distinctive side-arm bowling motion, Kedar stated he tried it in the course of the 2016 New Zealand dwelling sequence and Dhoni backed him.

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“I tried it at the nets. That time Anil (Kumble) bhai was the coach and he said no it’s legal. Then in the 1st ODI, I got Jimmy Neesham out (caught and bowled). That was my first wicket and then Mahi bhai gave me the confidence that I can bowl. I had not bowled much in domestic cricket also. But it was because of him that I got confidence.”

An enormous Salman Khan fan, Jadhav was requested to select between the Bollywood celebrity and Dhoni.

“Because of M.S. Dhoni I got to play however many matches I played and also because of Mahi bhai I got to meet Salman Khan. So I can’t pick between the two. It’s like asking to choose between Mum and Dad,” he added.

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