India beat Bangladesh in the second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 by a big margin of 9 wickets. India chased down the total of 265 runs in just the 41st over as Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli played marvellous knocks of unbeaten 123 and 96 runs respectively.
However, the game-changer in the game was the timely spell of Kedar Jadhav, who scalped the important wickets of Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim, who were top scorers for Bangladesh in the match. Both of them fell at a time when they were looking to up the temp. It was a masterstroke decision from Virat Kohli. But in the press conference, the Indian captain mentioned that it was not alone his decision to bring Jadhav into the attack but also Dhoni’s.
Kohli said in the post-match presser, “I won’t take the whole credit for this bowling change as I asked MS (Dhoni) as well and we both decided that Kedar is a good option at the moment and he bowled really well. He doesn’t bowl much in the nets but he is a smart cricketer. He knows where the batsmen will get troubled and he thinks like a batter when he is bowling. It is always an advantage to any bowler if he thinks like that.”
Kedar has been India’s golden arm off late, coming to the rescue in the middle overs and picking crucial wickets. He bowled an excellent spell of six overs, picking two wickets and giving just 22 runs.