Former Indian skipper Kapil Dev has high praise for Indian all-rounder Kedar Jadhav, saying he is a ‘special kind of bowler’ and the batsmen have to be really careful while playing him.
He further went on to claim that India is very grateful that they have one of the best pace attacks in the world who can strike at any batsmen, referring Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
As per reports in Gulf News, the legendary all-rounder told reporters on the sidelines of Asia Cup Final, “Batsmen should think well on how to play him (Kedar Jadhav). It is always better to play him for singles. One should not play big shots to him. He is a bowler against whom you can take singles off every ball by trying and placing him especially when you have four fielders up there. If he gives you a loose delivery don’t try to lift him but hit him along the ground.”
On being asked about India’s bowling combination of Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar, Kapil said, “The best thing that has happened to the Indian team is that they have a competition among themselves. These are two bowlers who can strike at any batsmen. This kind of a situation is very good to have and is good for the team. In the past, there was competition in the Indian team only among batsmen but today, there are about 10-12 fast bowlers who are vying for a place in the team.”
Meanwhile, former India captain also commented on the Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir, who was ignored for the Australia Tests, saying being dropped from the squad can do wonder for the pacer.
He further went on to explain, “Sometimes, fast bowlers go into the comfort zone. Perhaps dropping him can do a world of good to Amir. I personally feel he is a very good bowler but sometimes fast bowlers get into a comfort zone and stop performing. This is what has happened to Amir. He has the ability and talent, moreover, he is a left-arm pacer. When Wasim Akram thinks he is very good, I have to take his word. If he feels Amir is good, he must be very good but however good you are, one has to work hard. I feel it is just a matter of time before he regains his form.”
Kapil also doesn’t see much competition in the upcoming Test series between West Indies and India.
He signed off by saying, “The present West Indies team is not as good as they were in the past. Our team is far better and that too on Indian conditions. I don’t see much of a competition between the two teams.”
(Inputs: Gulf News)