All-rounder Kedar Jadhav played probably one of the most crucial knocks of his small international career so far during India’s thrilling three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the finals of the Asia Cup 2018 in Dubai.
Bangladesh had made 222 on the back of a brilliant maiden hundred from Liton Das, but three wickets from Kuldeep Yadav, two from Jadhav, and three run outs had perhaps made them slight favourites, especially considering their batting firepower.
In reply, India made a rough weather of the chase at 160 and it was a severely hamstrung Jadhav (23 not out), who ran the most defining single of his short international career on the last ball of the match and helped the Men in Blue successfully defend their title.
And this hamstring strain is the second time which Jadhav has experienced in his small career so far. Jadhav, who returned to the Indian team after being out of action for almost three months nursing a hamstring injury, experienced the problem once again in the final of the Asia Cup as he tried to steal a quick single after hitting the ball to mid-off.
He was looked into by the physio Patrick Farhart and decided to continue batting before he went off soon after. However, he was soon called by the team management as they saw Jadhav limping in the field while taking runs.
However, he came in the 48th over with India still needing 11 runs. With six runs needed off the last over, Jadhav and Kuldeep kept their cool against Mahmudullah Riyadh taking three singles and double off the first five balls.
“Kedar suffered a right hamstring strain which is the other leg from his previous problem. Scans will be done and update on the same will be given in a few days,” a BCCI official said.
Earlier Jadhav, who had been a regular in India’s ODI team, suffered a grade 2 hamstring tear in the opening game of the 2018 IPL and was ruled out for the entire season and India’s subsequent tour of Ireland and England.
“It’s at least Grade I or II tear. Let’s see tomorrow,” Jadhav said after guiding India home.
(With PTI inputs)