India v Bangladesh, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Kedar Jadhav's success mantra: Speaking to Mahendra Singh Dhoni

India v Pakistan: Kedar Jadhav build the pressure by bowling dot balls and stifling Tamim Iqbal into playing a high-risk shot & he got out

India comfortably beat Bangladesh in semi-final 2 to secure themselves a finale berth. The performance by the men in blue was professional to say the least. They played like a winning team who put no step wrong. India defeated Bangladesh by 9 wickets and without breaking a sweat, it was that easy. Now, India will be rearing up for the Pakistan challenge. India are the defending champions and they will be the more fancied team in the finals. India won comfortably in the crucial encounter and the credit is being showered on Dhawan and Virat Kohli for their valuable innings. But one person who has to be credited for changing the course of the match is Kedar Jadhav. A middle-order batsman Kedar does not usually roll his arms over but he was given the ball to break a partnership between Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim which was blossoming.

Most of the purists felt that was the turning point in the game when Kedar was brought on. He build the pressure by bowling dot balls and stifling the batsman into playing a high-risk shot which led to the downfall of Tamim. Tamim was well-set and was looking to get another ton but it wasn’t to be.

After the match, Kedar Jadhav who ended with figures of 2/22 said in an interview after the match that speaking to the experienced Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped.

He said, as quoted by Crictracker, he said, “I don’t practice bowling that much but I spend time with MS Dhoni and try to learn as much as possible from him. He provides me with all the knowledge that he has. Even while bowling, he helps me a lot by giving indications from behind the stumps on how to bowl to a particular batsman. And I try to bowl according to his advice most of the times.”

Also he spoke about how much he puts in to his bowling, he said, “I have been bowling in the nets and I also bowled in the previous series as well where I took wickets also. Before this match I had six wickets and most of them have come against top-order batsman. It is not like I am taking wickets of tail-enders,” he quipped. So, I have that confidence in myself that batsman will find it difficult to score the big shots off my bowling because of my variations. I feel my bowling is all about reading what the batsman is trying to do.”

All eyes will now be on the grand finale where traditional foes India take on Pakistan on the 18th of June.