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Kedar Jadhav over his Exclusion & Prasad Assess his Fitness

Jadhav Surprised at ‘Exclusion’, Prasad Cites ‘Fitness History’

Kedar Jadhav, yesterday said there was no communication over his exclusion from the Indian team for the remaining three ODIs against the West Indies, prompting chief selector MSK Prasad to say that the batsman was not picked because of his injury prone past.

Jadhav was drafted into the India A side midway into the Deodhar Trophy as the selectors wanted to assess his fitness before taking a call on his comeback.

In the presence of three national selectors, Jadhav made his case with an unbeaten 41 off 25 as well as sent down five overs but the ODI team announced during the course of the Deodhar game didn’t figure the Maharashtra player.

“I did not know this,” said Jadhav when asked if there was any communication over his selection for the remaining three games against the West Indies.

In selectors’ defence, Prasad said they needed Jadhav to play more domestic games before deciding on his comeback.

“Actually, we were thinking that if India A won today, then Kedar would have got another match, which would have given us a fair assessment of his match fitness. May be we could have added him as an additional player (in Indian team) before the fourth ODI as the Deodhar final is on Saturday. Players need to understand that there is a process that we follow while selecting the team,” Prasad added.

Jadhav’s comments come in the wake of heavy criticism faced by the selectors for lack of communication with players before dropping them.

Karun Nair and Murali Vijay had said they were not spoken to by the selectors before being dropped from the Test squad, a claim that chief selector Prasad has denied.

Jadhav had made a comeback during the Asia Cup last month but the recurrence of the hamstring injury in the final led to another round of rehab.

Without mincing words, Jadhav said it hurts when one keeps getting injured when he is playing well.

“Rehab was good. I passed all the tests and came here match fit. It is all fine. Obviously, it hurts when you are in form and get injured. It creates uncertainty on when you will get the next opportunity. And when you comeback, you have to start from scratch again as you end up missing a lot of matches. It hurts but you have to accept it and move on.”

“Also, it is very important to be honest with the physio. Then only they can give you the right feedback. You cannot hide things from physios and trainers, else you will only get exposed,” Jadhav said.

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