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Selected for India... but Kedar Jadhav has to pay to practice!

May 29, 2014 17:38 IST

Selected for India... but Kedar Jadhav has to pay to practice!

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'I am paying monthly fees of Rs 18,000 to 22-Yards Cricket Academy, where there is a proper pitch.

'I don't know how many cricketers who get selected for India get this treatment in their own state.'

It happens only in India.

A cricketer who will soon don national colours is denied proper training facilities in his backyard and has to pay from his own pocket to get them.

The disappointment in Maharashtra batsman Kedar Jadhav's voice was palpable even as he received the news of his maiden call-up to Team India, for next month’s tour of Bangladesh.

"I have represented Deccan Gymkhana Club in Pune for the past 14 years. Yet, they have refused to prepare a pitch so that I can have proper net sessions ahead of the Bangladesh tour. Today I got India call-up, played for the 'A' team and IPL, starting from this club. But, I guess, they are not happy with my progress," a dejected Jadhav said.

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Image: Kedar Jadhav


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'Actually, the logo on your chest matters'

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Asked how he plans to train for the next two weeks before embarking on the tour of Bangladesh, Kedar's reply was even more surprising.

"I am paying monthly fees of Rs 18,000 to 22-Yards Cricket Academy, where there is a proper pitch. I don't know how many cricketers who get selected for India get this treatment in their own state," a livid Jadhav said.

The 29-year-old, who was one of the better performers in Delhi Daredevils' disastrous campaign, doesn't hide his displeasure of not being given a chance to bat higher up the order in the initial games.

"Actually, the logo on your chest matters!" he said with sarcasm.

"If you have that India logo, you are bound to be taken more seriously. Hopefully, after I play for India, I will also get a chance to bat higher up the order in IPL. I would also like to get a chance to play more deliveries to showcase my abilities," said Jadhav, who scored a mammoth 1223 runs in the Ranji Trophy this season.

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Image: Kedar Jadhav
Photographs: BCCI

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'I was confident that I will be playing for India one day'

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Jadhav was always confident of being rewarded by the selectors after the good showing last season.

"I was confident that I will be playing for India one day. My immediate goal is to do well and cement my place in the limited-overs’ side. There are two aspects of representing the national side -- playing for India and playing long enough for India. I want to play long enough for India.

"I want to use this opportunity to stake a claim for the England ODIs also," said Jadhav.

Asked when exactly did he feel he is ready for the next level, Jadhav relied: "The match-winning century against Mumbai at the Wankhede in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final gave me a lot of confidence. Beating Mumbai in Mumbai in a quarter-final with no big stars was a great achievement for us."

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Image: Kedar Jadhav in Delhi Daredevils colours
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'I believe I can play both forms of the game with same confidence'

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He also cited a couple of more knocks against quality opposition that brought him into national reckoning.

"Apart from that, I scored a triple century (327 off 317 balls) against UP in Ranji Trophy, a year before that; a half-century for India 'A' against England at Palam ground were some of the knocks that gave me immense satisfaction.

"I believe I can play both forms of the game with same confidence.

"In the IPL, if you look at my scores, I have always tried to contribute in limited span of time," the stocky right-hander said.


Image: Kedar Jadhav bats for Delhi Daredevils during Season Seven of the IPL.
Photographs: BCCI

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