India won the Asia Cup for the seventh time after defeating Bangladesh in an agonizingly close match that was dragged till the last ball. And at the center of this thrilling finish was Kedar Jadhav who scored the final run for the nation with an injured leg and incredible calmness.
Earlier in the day Jadhav once again proved his effectiveness with the ball as his golden arm broke Bangladesh’s 120 run opening partnership and he also sent back Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh’s best batsman of the series.
The right-hand batsman then walked to the crease with India at 137 for 4 wickets. But he soon injured his leg and was retired hurt. However, Ravindra Jadeja’s wicket in the penultimate over pushed India further back in a chase that went horribly wrong. With 11 runs needed off 16 balls, Jadhav came back to the crease to finish the business.
Interestingly he scored all the remaining runs in singles and doubles when it was anticipated that he would go for the big shots. His innings of 23 runs off 27 balls reflected tremendous calmness under pressure and it left Bangladesh heartbroken as they lost their third Asia Cup final in six years.
Bangladesh bowlers did a fabulous job of defending a meager total of 222 runs against India’s explosive batting line-up but they were done in by Jadhav’s sterling calmness and efforts.
Liton Das won the man of the match award for a spectacular century that left India shell-shocked at the beginning of the match. But it was Kedar Jadhav’s miraculous all-around performance that enabled India to cross the line in the end and fans couldn’t stop themselves from praising him.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Jadhav’s all-around brilliance.