After a brilliant season in Ranji Trophy last season and spending hours at the nets, city boy Kedar Jadhav's dream finally came true as he has earned the India cap for the tour of Bangladesh starting on June 15. He is the second cricketer, after Hrishikesh Kanitkar, from Pune to don the national jersey.
It is also after a decade (11 years) that a Maharashtra Cricket Association's (MCA) player has made the cut amongst the elite cricketers, the last being Abhijit Kale who was also coincidentally selected for the tour of Bangladesh in 2003.
"All the credit goes to my coach Surendra Bhave and Ajay Shirke (MCA president) who believed my talent," said Jadhav, who led the Maharashtra T20 side in the West Zone T20 tournament last season.
Jadhav further added, "My family supported my dream and my father used to travel with me, he has been my inspiration. However, it was Bhave sir who transformed me. He always used to tell me that there is much more within me," said the 29-year-old.
In Ranji Trophy, Jadhav was the top scorer with over 1223 runs. He has also had stints with Indian Premier League teams Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils.
Jadhav was the top scorer in Ranji Trophy last season with over 1200 runs. The 29-year-old started off the Indian Premier League with Royal Challengers Bangalore, before signing up with Delhi Daredevils.