Kedar Jadhav praised MS Dhoni for shaping his career in international cricket. He scored an unbeaten 22 and shared a quick partnership of 53 runs with MS Dhoni as India posted a total of 324 for 4 against New Zealand in the second ODI.

The bowlers took regular wickets to script’s India’s biggest victory in New Zealand. He then dismissed Ross Taylor, thanks to MS Dhoni’s fast stumping. The part-timer has scalped 24 wickets so far and is grateful to MS Dhoni for spotting his talent.

“The kind of cricketer I am today is because of MS Dhoni. He has always encouraged me. He had seen me in in Zimbabwe first and in the New Zealand series at home in 2016 he just wanted two overs from me and luckily for me in my second over, I got two wickets and from there on all the seniors – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma – have been very encouraging. They give me so much confidence that I don’t feel the pressure of a part-time bowler.

“I must thank Virat and Mahi bhai for letting me bowl exactly when I want to bowl. When a wicket falls, they immediately sneak in my overs so I am very lucky I think,” Jadhav told the broadcasters after the match. “In the past also, I have mentioned every time I have a question, I look at him and he tells me ‘you have to bowl here. You have to bowl there.’ And I close my eyes and bowl there and get a wicket.”

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