After guiding Team India to a six-wicket victory over Australia in the first One Day International match of the five-match series, Kedar Jadhav said he has been assigned the finisher’s role at No 6 since the 2017 ODI series against England.
On Saturday in Hyderabad, Jadhav put up an unbeaten 141-run stand with former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and helped Team India to take a 1-0 lead in the limited overs series.
“It’s been more than two years I have been batting at this number — No 5 or 6. I still remember against England in India in 2017 January, I batted six only. From thereon, the management was looking at me as a finisher and they have clearly told me that you would be batting at No 6 till the time you are there. The management and team are clear about everybody’s role,” Jadhav said.
The Chennai Super Kings’ cricketer also credited Dhoni for the improvement in his game despite a stop-start career because of injury.
“Every time I bat with him, spend time with him, I learn a lot. Every time I see Mahi bhai, I feel confident. That’s the sort of person he is. His aura is such that you just see him and tell yourself ‘I will deliver today’. He has the knack of getting the best out of every player,” Jadhav added.
“Every victory adds to your confidence, the team’s confidence. It tells how the team is progressing. We as a team have always believed in the process more than the result and as long as you take care of that process, you are bound to get results,” he further said.