India in Bangladesh 2014 May 28, 2014

'Not surprised at India call-up' - Jadhav


Having returned to his hometown, Pune, just a couple of days ago after a personally-satisfying-yet-disastrous IPL campaign from his team's perspective, Kedar Jadhav was watching X-Men along with a couple of friends on Wednesday afternoon when his phone rang.

Jadhav was surprised that the Maharashtra Cricket Association president Ajay Shirke was calling him at a slightly odd hour but wasn't really surprised to hear what Shirke told him: he had received his maiden call-up to the national squad, for the three-ODI series in Bangladesh to be played next month.

"I was thrilled but wasn't so surprised. Somewhere at the back of my mind I knew that I was in contention in case a couple of regulars are rested," Jadhav told ESPNcricinfo." This is something that I have been working hard for all these years. I just hope that I can justify my selection if and when I get an opportunity in the XI."

With Jadhav's selection, the selectors have, in a way, sent out a signal to all the domestic cricketers that consistent performances may be rewarded, irrespective of a player's age. A comparatively smaller build gives him the impression of being in his early twenties, but the right-hand batsman is ten months shy of turning 30.

Through his decade-long first-class career for Maharashtra, Jadhav has been considered as a limited-overs' specialist. He has been a regular in the Deodhar Trophy (inter-zonal one-day championship) and the Challenger Trophy for half a decade. However, it took a phenomenal season with the bat in the Ranji Trophy for Jadhav to convince the selectors.

During the 2013-14 Ranji season, Jadhav tallied 1223 runs, the fourth-highest in a season in the tournament's history, to help Maharashtra make their first Ranji final since 1992-93. Following his six centuries in the Ranji season, Jadhav was one of the few bright spots in Delhi Daredevils' poor IPL campaign.

Though he scored only 149 runs in ten innings, his ability to consistently deliver under pressure and finish an innings stood out. With four Daredevils' matches remaining, a confident Jadhav told the IPL's official broadcasters in a pre-match interaction that he was hoping to be picked for the Bangladesh tour.

"With the IPL having prolonged the domestic season, it is imperative to do well in the IPL. Considering the reach of the tournament, it is imperative to perform in IPL, irrespective of the kind of Ranji or Vijay Hazare (domestic 50-over) season you have. I am glad that I could continue scoring runs even during the IPL, especially when the team needed them the most," Jadhav said.

Notwithstanding Munaf Patel's call-up to the national side in 2005-06 when the fast bowler was playing for Maharashtra as a professional, Jadhav is the first home-grown Maharashtra player to be selected for India in a decade. Dheeraj Jadhav, the opening batsman, was the last player from the state to be picked for an India squad, before the final Test of the 2004-05 home series against Australia and the tour to Zimbabwe the following year.

While Dheeraj didn't get an India cap, Kedar is hopeful that he will be more fortunate than his namesake.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Rishi on May 30, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    im so confused rit now with all these new players.

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    @Hassan Junaid: I guess Bhuvi, Shami are all rested.

  • Ramesh on May 29, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    What did poor Ishwar Pandey do to miss the bus??? Akshar Patel has a couple of decent spells in the IPL and is rewarded with a spot in the national team. Will he be picked for the next series?? Folks like Dravid must be thinking they were born in the wrong era. He had to sweat it out in the domestic circuit for quite a few years before earning an India cap. An India cap has become all too easy these days...IPL has become the yardstick. Last season it was Rahul is Patel this time!!

  • Saiful Alam on May 29, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    lol either way its gonna be negative for Bangladesh team. if they(BD) win ppl will say its a 2nd XI indian team ...and if they lose bd can't even beat indian 2nd XI.

  • Lakshminarayanan on May 29, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Hope Raina will shuffle the players and make everyone play a game or two. Kedar Jadav & Rasool should get a first game to boost their confidence. No. 4 or 5 position would justify his role for Jadhav. First ODI XI: 1. Rahane 2. Uthappa 3. Pujara 4. Rayudu 5. Kedar 6. Raina 7. Saha 8. Rasool 9. Mohit 10. Umesh 11. Mishra. 2nd ODI XI: 1. Pujara 2. Uthappa 3. Saha(WK) 4. Kedar 5. Rayudu 6. Raina 7. Akshar Patel 8. Rasool 9. Mohit 10. Umesh 11. Vinay 3rd ODI XI: 1. Uthappa(WK) 2. Pujara 3. Kedar 4. Manoj 5. Raina 6. Binny 7. Akshar Patel 8. Rasool 9. Umesh 10. Vinay 11. Mishra.

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    a good choice 11 would bet game:1.rahane2.uthappa3.pujara4.jashav5.raina6.saha7.patel/rasool8.mishra9.bhuvi10.shami11:mohit

  • Android on May 28, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    good luck BANGLADESH!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Good luck. Hope you will do good.

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    jadhav is a good batsman and my india xi for first game:1.rahane2.uthappa3.rayudu 4.jaydev5.raina6.saha7.patel/rasool8.mishra9.bhuvi10.shami11:mohit