Kedar Jadhav, who scored match-winning 81runs against Australia in the first One Day International of the five-match ODI series on Saturday, said that it’s “payback time” for all the faith that the Indian skipper and the team management showed in him.
The Chennai Super Kings’ cricketer has had multiple breakdowns due to a dodgy hamstring which also included a near six-month lay-off due to a surgery.
“Obviously, the kind of confidence they have given has helped me deliver consistently. Credit goes to the captain and management for backing me in my difficult times and this is my time that I pay back to the confidence and faith they have shown in my difficult times,” Jadhav said after guiding Team India to a six-wicket victory.
Jadhav further said, “Everybody has been encouraging towards me irrespective of how many times I have got injured you know. Every time I have got fit, I have walked into the team. That is the kind of confidence that the team management has in me.”
Jadhav also said that the team management has already specified him his job in the team.
“It’s more than one-and-half or two years that I have been batting at this number (No 6). I still remember in January 2017, against England in India, I batted at No 6 only and got Man of the Series,” Jadhav said.
“From thereon, the team management has been looking at me as a finisher. They have clearly told me that you will be batting at No 6 till the time you are there. So the management and team had been clear about everybody’s role and everybody is clear about what is expected of individual players.”