Kedar Jadhav's Sudden Inclusion In ODI Squad Leaves Many Confused

How things changed in less than a day for Kedar Jadhav

Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) dropped a bomb on October 26 by dropping MS Dhoni from the T20I series against Windies and Australia. Before everyone could recover from Dhoni’s exclusion, BCCI also announced that Kedar Jadhav will be back to the ODI squad for the 4th and 5th ODI against Windies.

To be clear, it was not Jadhav’s inclusion that people were worried about, it was the way he was brought back into the side. To understand it better, let’s back it up a little.

Jadhav pulled his hamstring during the Asia Cup 2018 final against Bangladesh. He was phenomenal with both bat and ball finishing off the match with a last-ball boundary. There were no questions as far as his form was concerned, only about his fitness.

But he was cleared by National Cricket Academy (NCA) and played Deodhar Trophy. His rehabilitation went well and even scored a 25-ball 41 for India A on October 25. Then came the news of the squad selected for the rest of the ODI series against Windies.

India were back to full strength after an eye opener tie in the second ODI. Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar were recalled but Jadhav’s name was missing. BCCI Chief selector MSK Prasad had a subtle explanation to the 33-year-old’s exclusion. “We did not pick Kedar because of his history of fitness,” he told PTI.

Lack of communication between BCCI and Jadhav led to confusion. The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) player was clueless as the squad was announced. Post Deodhar Trophy clash he said in the press conference,

“Rehabilitation was good. Everything’s fine as of now. I cleared all the fitness tests; I was cleared match fit, which is why I was playing here. I didn’t know (he was not selected). Obviously, I have to see why they have not picked me.”

He even started gearing up for the Ranji Trophy matches but then he was included for the rest of the ODIs. Here are a few reactions on Twitter which sums up what Indian cricketer fans felt about the whole episode:


Shots fired!

Makes us wonder

Direct it to BCCI

Because they had to

This has to be the funniest, yet hard-hitting

At least he woke up

Keeping us entertained on non-game days

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