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Kedar Jadhav credits Dhonis role in his bowling success

By Rashmi Nanda -

After giving some outstanding performances in the domestic cricket as well as International cricket, Indian all-rounder Kedar Jadhav believes that he can be a finisher for India.

Kedar Jadhav is a multi-talented cricketer. With help of his excellent fielding and his love for wielding the willow which made heads turn and opened the doors for an India debut.

If your regular wicket-keeper is injured, throw him the big gloves and he would definitely accept the task with the pleasure like a child feels after receiving a toffee. This is a player who never thinks twice before accepting challenges, he always is ready to accept the challenges and to prove himself.

Currently, Jadhav is representing Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy. He said, I can be a finisher. Over the last two to three years, whenever I played for India ‘A, the selectors wanted me to bat at number 5 or 6. I have become used to batting there for India as well and I think it suits my style as I have the freedom to play my shots.”

The 31-year-old said that it was Dhonis idea to use him as a bowler during the ODI series against New Zealand. Obviously it was MS Dhonis decision to bowl me” he said.

After the first game against New Zealand, where I took two wickets, I became more confident in bowling. From then on it was about taking the responsibility from part-time to all-rounder role. I enjoyed bowling at that level. Its something which I have to keep working on,” he added

Looking at his fellow players, to have waited till the age of 29 for his first international game, it was quite difficult to wait to get a feel of playing for India for Kedar, there may be was a distinct possibility that he would have got disillusioned, but without batting an eyelid, Jadhav said that he was always confident that his chance would come.

Kedar added, I never thought I wouldnt play for India. I always had to strive to get something in life. But once I get hold of something, I wouldnt let it out of my grasp.”

Jadhav recalling the year 2013 and said that this year was the turning point in his cricketing career where he has scored in excess of 1,000 runs in domestic cricket.

According to Kedar, his performance in the 2013 domestic season helped him to fast-track his entry into the national cricket team. To draw their attention, Jadhav said hes professionally enjoyed playing tennis ball cricket in Pune and Kedar credits it to becoming the well-formed cricketer as he is today.

He explained that he began working on his wicket-keeping skills only around 2011, I played too much of gully cricket when I was young. And when you do that, you are expected to do everything. Obviously, my primary focus was on batting. It was around 2010-11 during a club game that I had an exposure to ‘keeping for the first time. I didnt fare too badly as I took three catches.”