World Cup 2019: What Kedar Jadhav brings to Team India

Kedar Jadhav, over the years, has emerged as a handy utility player and is likely to remain in a floating role in England.

Maharashtra coach Surendra Bhave, who has worked with Jadhav since his under-19 days, feels his chemistry with Dhoni will hold Team India in good stead in England.   -  AP Photo

Kedar Jadhav had to wait a long time to make his international debut. As the 34-year-old gears up for his maiden World Cup, Maharashtra coach Surendra Bhave, who has worked with Jadhav since his under-19 days, feels his chemistry with M.S. Dhoni will hold Team India in good stead in England.

"In a team environment, Kedar is a very likeable person. It seems that MS and Kedar share a great camaraderie. That also shows on the field, where we have seen them put on good partnerships lately. The chemistry works well for India because they could bat five and six in England," said Bhave.

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"Dhoni is one of the best captains we have had. His charismatic personality and calming influence is a great plus for the team, so it is always good for Kedar to be with someone of that stature."

Jadhav, who is currently playing for the Chennai Super Kings in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), has 135 runs from eight matches including one fifty-plus score. Bhave feels the attacking middle-order batsman has been in "exquisite touch". 

"When he explores the off-side well, he usually scores runs all around the ground. At times, he favours the on-side at the beginning of his innings. He is aware of that. He actually knows his game so well that he doesn't need any guidance... His balance looks good.

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"His head falling to the off-side, as pointed out by Dean Jones during the IPL, has been a part of his game for a long time. When he gets going, it does not make a difference, in white ball cricket at least. As a diminutive batsman, he relies on good timing. Retaining good shape and keeping the head in the right position is very important for him," said Bhave.

Jadhav, over the years, has emerged as a handy utility player and is likely to remain in a floating role in England. He may not be all flamboyance and sneaks beneath the radar when not batting or bowling, but Bhave believes Jadhav is quietly doing his job. 

"Kedar is concentrating hard on each game and despite the injury problems he has had, the body is holding up."