The only part where Bangladesh seemed to dominate India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final was in the first inning with their batting. Bangladesh batsmen Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal were batting well having put on the highest partnership for Bangladesh against India in ICC Champions Trophy. But, it was one ace up Team India’s sleeve that helped them put Bangladesh on the back foot once again. Jadhav was introduced in the bowling attack after Hardik Pandya and Indian spinner Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin failed to break the partnership.
Jadhav responded to his skipper Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper MS Dhoni’s call. He picked up two wickets and removed the set batsmen Rahim-Iqbal which led to a batting collapse. After beating Bangladesh by 9 wickets, Kohli in the post-match press conference revealed whose idea was it to introduce Jadhav into the attack. He accepted that it was Dhoni’s idea to give the ball to Jadhav and it worked out for the team.
Kohli said, “Kedar’s wickets were a bonus. We wanted to cover up the overs because Hardik was going for runs. MS (Dhoni) said Kedar was a good option and that worked for us,”
Here’s Jadhav’s spell against Bangladesh-
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“Kedar’s spell was the difference in the game for us when we were bowling. He got us those breakthroughs then we were able to build on it. I think the wicket was easily 300-310 par, to restrict them to 260 on that sort of wicket, they never got away from us and that was the good thing about our bowling,” he added.