Spending time with MS Dhoni has helped, says man-of-the-series Kedar Jadhav

first_imgKedar Jadhav might have failed to carry India over the finish line today at the Eden Gardens but the Pune-born all-rounder has easily been India’s find of the three-match One-Day International series against England. (SCORECARD)Chasing a stiff target of 322 in the final ODI in Kolkata, India almost rode on Jadhav’s brilliant 90 off just 75 balls along with Hardik Pandya’s career-best score of 56 off 43 balls, which saw a match-winning 104-run sixth wicket stand off just 83 balls. (Virat Kohli picks Kedar Jadhav for special praise after ‘series of positives’)With 16 runs needing in the last over, Jadhav hit a six and a four off the first two balls to give the 66,000-odd crowd some hope, but fell to Chris Woakes eventually. (3rd ODI: Jadhav’s 75-ball 90 in vain as England clinch Eden thriller)The hosts were unable to complete the chase and fell short of the target by just six runs to give England their first victory of the India tour.However, despite the tough loss, Jadhav stood out with his fighting character and showed a lot of promise as a finisher India had been looking to fill in MS Dhoni’s shoes.”I was planning to play all six balls, I knew if I could do that the bowler will be under pressure. Just that the ball I got out to, I was not in position to hit the big shot, I was still moving and that is why I mistimed,” Jadhav said at the post-match presentation ceremony. Jadhav finished the series as the highest run-getter with 232 runs and won the man-of-the-series award for his efforts, which included a match-winning 76-ball 120 in the first ODI in Pune.advertisementWhen asked how he kept his calm in tense situations, Jadhav cited the time spent with former captain Dhoni as the reason.”The thing is, since the time I came in the team, I’ve been spending a lot of time with Dhoni and it has helped me deal with situations calmly.”I would have been more happy if we would have won this game but I am satisfied with what I have done in this series. I can still improve,” he added.last_img read more