Indian selectors named the squad for the tour of West Indies where the team will play 3 T20Is, as many ODIs and a couple of Tests. On expected grounds, they named a bunch of youngsters and future-prospect players for the tour along with the regular names. One name that surprised many was that of Kedar Jadhav in the ODI squad.
Jadhav played 6 matches out of India’s 9 matches in the World Cup – he got the opportunity to bat on 4 occasions. Out of that, his best performance was in the game against Afghanistan scoring a half century, he made a match-winning contribution batting alongside MS Dhoni. With the ball, the team didn’t call for Jadhav’s services often in the tournament and thus couldn’t make a difference there either.
The chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad was asked the rationale behind his selection and he said that Jadhav hadn’t done anything wrong in the World Cup to be excluded. At the same time they are looking at other options for the future. The selectors included Washington Sundar and Krunal Pandya in the T20I team both of who bowl spin and can bat as well.
He mentioned that the selection committee is looking at grooming players from the T20I team towards ODIs until then Jadhav will be persisted with.
“Kedar (Jadhav) has not done anything wrong for his non-selection. We considered him, we are also getting the backups ready and we will monitor his progress. We will see that some of the players are brought in to T20s. And we will see how those guys progress in the ODI squad,” Prasad said at the press conference after naming the India squad for all three formats.
Jadhav in his ODI career so far has played 65 matches – scored 1254 runs at an average of 43 and picked up 27 wickets. Going into the World Cup, he was looked at as the player who would give the skipper a few overs in case one of the five bowlers had an off day.
Here is how Twitterati reacted to Jadhav’s surprise selection in the West Indies ODI team:
Kedar jadhav's time is over. There are way better all-rounders than him.
— tushar kot (@doperdoggo) July 21, 2019
No Rahane in ODI's while old Kedar Jadhav still finds a place. Just baffling.
Rahane is a class batsman, athletic fielder and a proven performer. https://t.co/xdbQot65TG
— Nakli YoYo 🇮🇳 (@WorstHandle) July 21, 2019
There should be some youngster like Gill instead of Kedar Jadhav
— Dev Raghuwanshi (@devraghuwanshi_) July 21, 2019
Kedar jadhav ko 2023 ka world cup bhi khelaoge kya…
— dharmsinha (@dharmsinha) July 21, 2019
I fail to understand why Kedar Jadhav is in ODI team.
He wasn’t trusted in World Cup.
He is 34 so won’t be in plans for long.
Some youngster should have filled in for him and start building for future.
This @BCCI selection panel is shambles. Maybe he is a 3 dimensional player.
— Ashwin Sharma (@ashwin__sharma) July 21, 2019
Why kedar jadhav???
Why why why..
Suresh Raina is much better option. Has @BCCI shut all the doors for Raina?
After Dhoni retires, Raina can easily do the job of finisher that India needs badly or he can be used at much hyped no. 4 position. #gill Gill Manish Pandey
— Ak Sid (@Aksid11) July 21, 2019
No one I getting the point of playing Manish pandey in t20,Kedar jadhav in ODIs n Rohit Sharma in test matches… All if them are 3rd class calls.Saha's inclusion is also unpredictable,Gill or Rana in white ball should have been the priority.Unthinkable..!! #teamselection #INDIA
— Saurabh Tripathi (@BeingShubh55555) July 21, 2019
Why Kedar Jadhav in ODI squad?
At Press conference chief selector MSK Prasad was saying that I am try for young boys..
Kedar age is 34 & he is not in good form that why are you pick him in ODI team squad #shameonbcci #BCCI
— Gaurav Pandey (@BhartiyaGaurav2) July 21, 2019
I think kedar jadhav ki jagah gill ko hona chahiye tha
— MANU TIWARY🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@MANUTIWARY10) July 21, 2019
Don't get the point why kedar jadhav has been picked up. Even though he didn't perform well in world cup too.
— arnab_layek🇮🇳 (@arnab_layek92) July 21, 2019
Wtf is BCCI's obsession with K L Rahul and Kedar Jadhav!! Worst players who have got so many chances only to fail miserably everytime.
— Jagadish R Jain (@jagadishrjain) July 21, 2019
No use of Kedar Jadhav here. Shd hv tried some other genuine all rounder
— Narender Mehta (@Narende57874014) July 21, 2019
Please don't send Kedar jadhav again..much better players are waiting instead of him.
— Nishant Mathur (@matnishant) July 21, 2019
— Ratul (@zaman_faruki) July 21, 2019
Wow still retaining Kedar Jadhav pic.twitter.com/gEymo6NNZe
— Selva Kumar (@selvakums) July 21, 2019
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