India vs Australia: 3 tactical changes India need to make for the 5th ODI
#2. Use Kedar Jadhav sparingly as a bowler
Kedar Jadhav has been a revelation on the international stage ever since he was asked to roll his arm over in a game against New Zealand a few years back. His brand of seemingly innocuous off-spinners has tied several batsmen in knots with none able to pinpoint why exactly he is so successful.
The said trait served him well in the first couple of ODIs as well as he bagged vital wickets at crucial junctures. However, the Australians finally seem to have found a fix to his bowling. Subsequently, they pulverised him at Ranchi and Mohali.
At the JSCA Stadium, he conceded a whopping 32 runs in two overs with Aaron Finch annihilating Jadhav. In the 4th ODI, he gave away 44 runs in five overs at an unacceptable economy rate of 8.8.
Over the past few months, the all-rounder has become an indispensable cog India's limited-overs setup. None of India’s other batsmen are capable of turning their arm over and thus, Jadhav held a considerable advantage over the others.
Yet, with each passing game, the opposition batsmen have worked him out and with a World Cup on the horizon, India would be better off shielding him from the firing line.
At best, Jadhav is a one-trick bowling pony. Hence, expecting a part-timer to pull another rabbit out of an already threadbare hat could just be a little too much to ask for.