There are small crimes, big ones and then there’s what Kedar Jadav did today. After Kohli tapped the ball down to the off-side for an easy single, Jadhav, despite his skipper being halfway down the track, turned down the call, infuriating the Indian captain who blasted him for the same.
Virat Kohli, during a chase, is a man on a mission and the one thing you don’t want to be doing, especially being a teammate of his, is infuriate him by doing something silly. Earlier today, it was Kuldeep Yadav who upset the Indian skipper by not sticking to the plan. A livid Kohli, in response, tore into the young spinner for his actions, giving a timely reminder and reason to all his teammates to not goof up simple things.
But well, the memo clearly did not reach Kedar Jadhav, who committed a heinous crime whilst batting. Post the dismissal of Rishabh Pant, the onus was on Jadhav to provide able support to his skipper by rotating the strike. And he obliged, taking three singles off his first four deliveries. But things took a turn for the worst in the 37th over.
After having collected just 4 runs off the first 5 deliveries of the Keemo Paul over, Kohli, being the set man, was desperate to keep the strike and pounce on the next over. And as Paul bowled a good-length delivery outside off-stump which was kind of rising towards the batsman, Kohli tapped the ball with soft hands towards point, looking for a single. However, after the skipper took off for a single and strode forward, Jadhav, who was at the non-strikers’ end, declined the single.
The ‘NO’ from Jadhav agitated Kohli who, after making his way back to the crease, blasted the 34-year-old for refusing what looked to the naked eye like an easy single. A visibly frustrated Kohli kept raving about the missed opportunity for a good few seconds, making it clear to Jadhav what he did was unacceptable.
If anything, both Kuldeep and Jadhav have taught their teammates a lesson today: never disobey your captain - at any cost.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the incident
There was clearly no run and Kohli unnecessarily putting pressure on Jadav #INDvWI— Mr. K (@kirr_dev) December 22, 2019
Don't force kedar to run Kohli. Not everyone has a superhero series named "SuperV" after them. #INDvWI— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) December 22, 2019
kedar jadhav while running between the wickets with kohli pic.twitter.com/AGyFO6UqEp— Arun LoL (@dhaikilokatweet) December 22, 2019
Can someone please tell Kedar Jadhav to run fast #INDvWIN— Pinkesh D Chawda (@ChawdaPinkesh) December 22, 2019
Yes no yes no yes no !— Santy_🏴 (@Santy_Crazy_) December 22, 2019
Kedar should practice running between wickets !
Msg for Kedar :— Arya (@kingkohli__fan) December 22, 2019
@imVkohli I like your agression with kedar, he is useless not for future cricket of India— ManjuC (@manjupcc) December 22, 2019
Last ODI for Kedar Jadhav. Over rated player. #INDvWI— B* (@Pungebaaz) December 22, 2019
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