Jadhav: 'Played with a fractured hand in Australia'

Kedar Jadhav was the toast of Pune after helping India chase down England's 350 with a spectacular 76-ball 120. But that's bygone for him, he prefers to stay in the present and looks to prepare best for the next ODI in Cuttack.

KEDAR JADHAV

Kedar Jadhav wrecked England with a 76-ball 120 in front of his home crowd in the first ODI in Pune.   -  AFP

All eyes were on Virat Kohli when India was four down for 63, chasing England's 350 in Pune. In walked Kedar Jadhav at six. He first batted with Kohli, then batted better than him, helping his country win in his city. His family, friends, team-mates and captain celebrated him. But Jadhav "doesn't want to talk about what has happened", he prefers "to be in the present." Ahead of the second ODI in Cuttack, he spoke to the media. Excerpts:

Batting with Virat: Whenever you bat with Virat, it helps you. Because the bowlers' focus would be on him. How to get him out, how to control him. So, you sometimes get loose balls, more opportunities to score.

Mindset while coming in at 63/4 (in Pune): As a batsman, you try to think positively. It was good that many fielders were in catching positions than saving boundaries. The wicket was good for batting. So, I had a lot of gaps to score boundaries. And, my natural game is to try and dominate the opposition whenever I bat.

Approaching the next ODI: I always play every game as my last game. Whenever you represent your country, you've to give more than 100 percent. I'll try and do... whenever I bat or bowl... I'll give more than 100 percent.

Pressure of playing at home: Pressure is there in every game you play for your country. It's upto the individual how to take it. I always take every hurdle as an opportunity to succeed and get closer to my aim. So, the Pune game was one such where I was thrown a few challenges and I answered them with positive intent, I guess.

Confidence: Even as a kid, I thought that if you put your mind to something, work hard... make your team win... which is the right thinking in every situation. I feel everything will happen and fall into place if you do that. I was working hard till the beginning of the series and I'm happy to succeed in the last game.

Playing with a fractured hand in Australia: Two years ago, I went to Australia on an India A tour. My hand was in some pain. When I played there, I was under a lot of pain. Even after coming back for 20 days it pained. Then I took a scan and got to know it was fractured. I thought, despite a fracture, I played well in Australia, so, if I want something badly, I try and somehow do it. And everytime I do it, my belief grows.

Reactions after the Pune ODI: There are a lot of phone calls. But I've put it on silent. But my family helps, my friends help. Whatever happened, I don't like to talk about that. So, I try to stay in present. That's what I try to do.