Visakhapatnam [Andhra Pradesh]: Asserting that he doesn’t think like a part-time bowler, all-rounder Kedar Jadhav on Friday said that he is looking forward to learn from his mistakes and deliver when it matters the most while referring to the must-win fifth and the final ODI clash against New Zealand.
Talking on the eve of the decider ODI at ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here, the 31-year-old said that he is willing to take all responsibilities and accept the challenges thrown before him.
“I guess when you play for India, you have to contribute in every possible way you can. While playing in the IPL matches, I do that with wicket-keeping by contributing rather than batting. You need to contribute if the captain is asking you to bowl (some) overs. You don’t have to bowl (just) as a part-time bowler. You need to take the responsibility with the ball or bat,” Jadhav told the media.
“It’s all about taking this responsibility and accepting the challenge that comes at you and then coming out of it successfully,” he added.
Jadhav, who was brought in place of indisposed Suresh Raina, bowled for the first time in international cricket when skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave him the ball ahead of the regular spin duo of Axar Patel and Amit Mishra in Dharamsala.
Although Jadhav took two wickets in the three overs he bowled in the opening ODI, he is yet to click as a batsman. He was dismissed for 10 runs in Dharamsala while got out for a duck in the fourth match in Ranchi.
“Obviously, the opportunity has been missed, especially in the last game. But it’s still early stages for Manish (Pandey) and me. We need to grab whatever opportunity is thrown at us. We need to learn quickly from the opportunities we have missed. That’s what international cricket is all about, delivering when it matters most for the team,” he added.
The five-match series in currently levelled at 2-2 following India’s 19-run win in the fourth ODI in Ranchi. (ANI)