With 344 runs in five games, Kedar Jadhav leads the batting charts in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy. The Maharashtra skipper has already hit two centuries in the tournament, and is scoring runs lower down the order. The No.6 or No.7 position is where Jadhav wants to make runs at and the reason is because he knows India’s top and middle-order is as good as impregnable.
“Everyone wants to bat up the order, against the hard new white ball and get more overs to bat. But I don’t think there is any slot for me (in Indian team) higher up the order. So there’s no point in dreaming about things, which are not likely to happen. No point thinking about batting at No.3 or No.4 for India,” Jadhav said.
Since making his ODI debut against Sri Lanka last year, Jadhav has played in only one more international series — the tour of Zimbabwe in July. He first broke into the Indian side on the back of the 1,223-runs he made during the 2013/14 Ranji Trophy season.
Jadhav is now focussed on working on his strengths and wants to become a reliable finisher. “My strength lies in rotating the strike and getting the big hits going. I want to develop into a finisher and I know I can successfully do that. I love playing this (one-day) format,” said the right-hander.
On Thursday, Jadhav bailed out Maharashtra in the Vijay Hazare contest against Delhi on Thursday. Coming into bat with the scoreboard reading 97 for 4 in the 31st over, the skipper scored a crucial 48 to help his side post 194 for 9.
However, the total was not enough as Delhi won with five wickets to spare. Into his eighth domestic season, Jadhav says he is not frustrated that he has not played more games for India. “When I was growing up, I wanted to play cricket. When I played cricket, I wanted to play for India. Now that I have played for India, I wish to perform well wherever I play. For me, my last memory of playing for India is the Zimbabwe series and I am happy that I scored a hundred and got the man of the match award,” Jadhav said.
A good show in the domestic one-day tournament would serve as a timely reminder to the national selectors when they meet to pick the squad for the Australia tour in a couple of day’s time. Is he expecting a call?
“I didn’t even know the team would be picked soon. I am very blank when it comes to selection matters. For me it’s about getting fitter, working on my fielding and scoring as many runs as possible,” Jadhav said.
Brief Scores: Maharashtra 194/9 (Kedar Jadhav 48, Manan Sharma 3/38, Pawan Negi 3/21) lost to Delhi 197/5 in 48.4 overs (Dhruv Shorey 57, Milind Kumar 58 no) by 5 wickets. Points: Delhi 4; Maharashtra 0