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When Kedar Jadhav Forged Marathon 200-Run Stand With Kohli In IND's Historic Chase Vs ENG

Kedar Jadhav stitched a 200-run partnership with Virat Kohli (Twitter)Kedar Jadhav stitched a 200-run partnership with Virat Kohli (Twitter)

Indian all-rounder Kedar Jadhav announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday, June 3. The stalwart from Maharashtra took to Instagram to pen an emptional farewell note, drawing the curtain on a career filled with spirited performances and memorable innings.

As he steps away from the limelight, it is fitting to reflect on the peak of his cricketing journey—a spectacular century against England in Pune in 2017 that not only defined his legacy but also showed his mettle in high-pressure situations.

Kedar Jadhav stunned England with a stunning century in Pune

After Virat Kohli opted to field first, England set a mammoth target of 351, thanks to a 61-ball 73 by Jason Roy 95-ball 78 by Joe Root and a fiery 62 off 40 balls by Ben Stokes.

As England’s batsmen departed leaving a colossal total on the board, the atmosphere was tense, with India needing a heroic effort to chase down the colossal score.

The chase did not start as planned for India. Losing quick wickets early on, the hosts found themselves teetering at 63 for four. With KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni back in the pavilion, the Pune crowd was silenced, fearing a collapse.

It was at this precarious moment that Kedar Jadhav, the local boy, joined forces with skipper Virat Kohli at the crease, setting the stage for a historic innings that would long be remembered by fans.

From the get-go, Jadhav was a man on a mission. He launched into the English bowlers with audacious power-hitting. His innings was a masterclass in aggression, highlighted by an array of scintillating strokes that left the crowd and commentators alike in awe.

Rapidly scoring his first fifty in just 29 balls, Jadhav turned the heat up further, sprinting to his century in a mere 65 balls—one of the fastest by an Indian in the ODI format. His partnership with Kohli was nothing short of electrifying, weaving a 200-run partnership that snatched the momentum back from England's grasp.

Kedar Jadhav’s approach went beyond just aggression; it was about smartly picking the battles within the war. Even after Kohli’s departure for a valiant 122, Jadhav stood his ground, ensuring that the run-chase did not derail. His innings was filled with a mix of boundaries and smart singles, keeping the pressure firmly on the English bowlers.

His valorous stint at the crease ended at 120 runs from 76 balls, a heroic effort festooned with 12 fours and four sixes. But by then, Jadhav had brought India within striking distance of the target, leaving them needing just 60 runs from 60 balls.

The task of finishing the game was left to Hardik Pandya and Ravichandran Ashwin, who displayed commendable composure to take India over the line with 11 balls to spare. Hardik’s unbeaten 40 and Ashwin's steady 15 were crucial in the final overs, ensuring that Jadhav and Kohli’s spectacular efforts were not in vain.