Going by the choices of the selection committee headed by Sunil Joshi for the ODI series against South Africa starting March 12, it is clear that the ODI international career of Indian allrounder Kedar Jadhav is going to end, as predicted by Sirf News in February. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selected the Indian team for the 3-match ODI series against South Africa on Sunday, 8 March. This was Sunil Joshi’s first assignment after he was made the chairman of the selection committee.
Jadhav, an allrounder of the Indian team, will rarely be seen playing international cricket for the Indian team. He was dropped from the 15-man squad selected against South Africa on Sunday.
There are many reasons behind his exclusion from ODI international cricket, and there are reasons showing he is no longer fit for the ODI team. Now his selection in the ODI team is almost impossible.
Hardik Pandya at the cost of Kedar Jadhav
Right-handed middle-order batsman Jadhav was known for batting in the lower order of India’s ODI team and bowling a few overs and taking a few wickets. However, now Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya are back in the team. In this situation, Jadhav cannot make it even to the final XV, let alone the playing XI. Even when he had got the chance, he was not able to get the Indian team out of trouble.
No doubt, Jadhav’s average and strike rate in ODI were quite good in the lower order, but he is no longer able to prove useful for the team when the opportunity arises.
Jadhav is going to be 35 years old on 26 March. His age is another big factor for the ODI team, which the selectors considered. Although the name of Jadhav is included in the BCCI’s annual contract, now perhaps he will always have to stay out of the team.
He was playing in ODIs alone
Allrounder Kedar Jadhav fitted only into the ODI format for India, but after the ODI series against South Africa, the Indian team will not be able to play a single ODI match till the end of 2020. Thus, Jadhav’s career seems almost finished.
Besides, the team’s focus is on the T20 Asia Cup and T20 World Cup as well as Test cricket this year. Jadhav does not play in Tests and he has not done well in the T20 format.
Jadhav made his international debut in 2014. He has played 73 ODIs so far. He has remained unbeaten 19 times. He scored 1,389 runs in 52 innings of these ODIs.
Jadhav has scored two centuries and six 50s in the ODIs at an average of 42.09 and a strike-rate of 101.61, but his current form is nothing great to write home about. Captain Virat Kohli does not make him bowl.
The Indian team can fill the slot for No. 6 in the batting line-up a proper batsman like Manish Pandey although Hardik Pandya can play at No. 6 and, if needed, he can bat at No. 4 and score faster.
Then, any stock bowler can do five or six overs. Pandya has the ability to do 10. As for the ODI World Cup to be held in 2023, it is now three years into the future. By then, Jadhav’s age will have crossed 38. Looks like his career has hit cul de sac.