India vs Australia 1st ODI Hyderabad: Considered as a vital cog in Team India’s 50-over setup, Kedar Jadhav has more often than not proved his credentials on the 22-yard strip in the coloured clothing. During the 1st ODI between India and Australia, Jadhav once again were in the middle of action as he provided the hosts a crucial breakthrough to dent the visitors’ momentum at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.
Aussie captain Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bat first. The skipper could not do much with the bat as he trudged off for a third ball duck by India pacer Jasprit Bumrah. Finch’s wicket though was followed by a hard-fought partnership of 87 between Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis, who walked in at number 3. But just when it seemed like the Aussies were accelerating, the partnership-breaker Kedar Jadhav came to the fore picking the wicket of Stoinis.
Here’s how the Twitter world applauded, trolled, and questioned Jadhav’s mysterious action:
Indian bowlers controlled the proceedings like seasoned puppeteers pulling strings at will to restrict Australia to a sub-par 236/7 in the first ODI on Saturday. It was a vastly different performance from the bowling unit which maintained discipline for the better part of the 50 overs with Mohammed Shami (2/44 in 10 overs) showing the way
Kuldeep Yadav (2/46 in 10 overs), Ravindra Jadeja (0/33 in 10 overs) and Kedar Jadhav (1/31) made up for a rare off-day by Jasprit Bumrah (2/60 in 10 overs), that too, by his standards. Even Usman Khawaja (50) and Glenn Maxwell (40) — the top two contributors for Australia — weren’t exactly comfortable against an Indian attack that bowled as many as 169 dot balls.
This effectively meant Australia couldn’t score 28.1 overs out of the 50 overs during Indian innings. What the statistics won’t reveal is the contribution of Kedar as the sixth bowler and Jadeja, who stifled the Aussies during the second Powerplay.
This was after Shami bowled a brilliant wicketless first spell which was seen off by Marcus Stoinis (37, 53 balls) and Khawaja (50, 76 balls), who added 87 runs for the second wicket after early dismissal of Aaron Finch. It was Khawaja, who was first to break the shackles with a cover drive off Bumrah and a six off Kuldeep, introduced in the last over of the first Powerplay.
With only 38 runs coming in the first Powerplay, the duo especially Stoinis decided to up the ante against Indian bowling’s weakest link Vijay Shankar (0/22 in 3 overs), hitting him for a flurry of boundaries.