Fit-again Kedar Jadhav surprised at ODI omission
Kedar Jadhav in his stride. (Getty Image)

India batsman Kedar Jadhav was left surprised at his omission from India’s 15-member squad for the third, fourth and fifth ODIs against West Indies. Jadhav, who injured his hamstring during the Asia Cup final last month, was not picked for the squad for the first two ODIs, but was drafted into the India A side for the Deodhar Trophy as the selectors wanted to assess his fitness before taking a call about his inclusion.

Jadhav, on Thursday, dismissed all doubts regarding his fitness when he smoked 41 off 25 balls for India A during the Deodhar Trophy match against India C. He scored two fours and two sixes and took his team to 293 for 6 in 50 overs. He even bowled five overs as three national selectors were in attendance. When asked about whether he was conveyed any message by the selectors regarding his exclusion, Jadhav said he had no idea that his name was not included in the squad for the remaining three matches against West Indies and that he will be shifting focus to the Ranji Trophy.

“I did not know this,” Jadhav, 33, said. “Let’s see. You are the first one to tell me this. I need to see why they have not picked me. I don’t know what the plan is now that I am not there in the team. Probably, I will be playing the Ranji Trophy.”

With selectors facing heavy criticism for lack of communication with players before dropping them, Jadhav might be the most recent addition to the list. Earlier, batsmen Karun Nair and Murali Vijay had stated that they were not spoken to, and neither did they have any sort of communication from the selectors before being dropped from the Test squad. Chief selector MSK Prasad, however, had dismissed such claims.

Jadhav, however, mentioned that had had recovered from the recurrence of the hamstring but it was disappointing to spend so much time away from playing international cricket. The 33-year-old first sustained the injury during the IPL and suffered it again during the Asia Cup final against Bangladesh. He went back to the dressing room retired hurt but came back to win the match for India off the final ball.

“Rehab was good. I passed all the tests and came here match fit. It is all fine,” Jadhav said. “Obviously, it hurts when you are in form and get injured. It creates uncertainty on when you will get the next opportunity. And when you comeback, you have to start from scratch again as you end up missing a lot of matches. It hurts but you have to accept it and move on.

“You can’t be cautious when you play. Till the time you don’t meet all the fitness criteria, the NCA people will not clear you. As long as they clear you, you should not be having doubts on the field. That is what why I don’t hold myself back (even when it comes to diving on the field).

“Also, it is very important to be honest with the physio. Then only they can give you the right feedback. You cannot hide things from physios and trainers, else you will only get exposed.”