India’s occasional spinner Kedar Jadhav, who almost single handedly dragged his team into the game from behind with the ball in hand on Bangladesh, credited former captain MS Dhoni for his game changing spell.
Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim were looking well set in the crease, having already stitched together a 123-run stand for the third wicket. Courtesy this, Bangladesh were going strong and looked like a 300+ score was on the cards.
However, it was Jadhav, a part-time off-spinner who did not just apply brakes on the scoring rate but also removed both Tamim and Mushfiqur in his six-over spell during which he registered figures of 22 for two following which Bangladesh lost momentum and eventually were restricted to 264 for seven in the 50 overs.
“Since I’ve been in the team I have spent a lot of time with MS and I tried to learn as much as I can from him and he provides me with all the knowledge that he has.
“Even while I am bowling he (Dhoni) is looking at me and from his eyes only I can tell what he wants me to bowl. It was one of those days where I could read them very well and I was able to execute what I wanted to do,” Jadhav said after the match.
“If batsmen try to score big shots against me they find it difficult.”
Meanwhile, India skipper Virat Kohli also revealed that the decision to bowl Jadhav at that stage was taken after discussion with Dhoni.
“The wickets were honestly a bonus, Hardik (Pandya) went for a few in his first three, so we wanted to give him a bit of a break and cover up overs through Kedar, and with one left-hander batting, we knew that he had the ability to get in two, three, dot balls to the left-hander every over.
“But it ended up changing the whole game for us,.
“I won’t take the whole credit. Obviously I asked MS, as well, and we both decided that Kedar is a good option at that moment, and he bowled really well.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com