India's overnight star all-rounder, Kedar Jadhav scored a brilliant quickfire innings of 120 off 76 balls and helped team India to outplay England by three wickets in the first ODI in Pune. Jadhav made an impressive partnership with Indian skipper Virat Kohli of 200 runs for the fifth wicket which became the highlight of the match. He had justified his selection above all the players like Ajinkya Rahane and Manish Pandey.
Kohli and Jadhav had put an impressive show when an Indian team was in serious trouble at 63/4 in just the 12th over chasing a humungous target of 351 runs. However, Kohli's ability to chase the impossible is well known to everyone but no one has thought a day will come when someone will overshadow India skipper's effort while chasing a target as big as 351, as he has been considered as the king of run chases. Jadhav was playing the top gear from the very first he faced and troubled the England bowlers consistently by disturbing their line and lengths.
In the stadium, Jadhav's parents along with his wife and daughter were present and they were delighted to see him play like this and they cheered on every boundary and six he scored. Kedar played at an extraordinary strike rate of 157 in his innings.
Talking to BCCI.tv about his innings, Kedar said, "It's obviously a fantastic feeling playing on my home ground for India. I scored a century for my team in a winning cause. It's a proud feeling for me especially because my whole family was here my parents, my wife and my daughter were watching. So I wanted to make it count and thanks to god's grace and my team's support I could do it."
Sharing the experience of batting with Virat, Jadhav said, "When I came in to bat Virat told me that you have been in this situation in the last two-three games but have scored only 40-odd runs. I want you to make it big today. Just try and rotate the strike and whenever you get a chance to hit a boundary just go for it."
He further elaborated, "It helps a lot when you bat with Virat Kohli because all the bowlers are thinking about him so I got a few loose deliveries on which I capitalised. We have seen so many times on television how easily he chases down big targets."
Jadhav concluded, "I have missed a few opportunities like this to win matches for India and missed chances to watch Kohli bat from the other end. Today I got a chance to do both these things so I just told myself not to miss this chance and try and bat as long as possible."