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Since he made his First-Class debut five seasons ago, Kedar Jadhav had not delivered on the potential his talent promised. Without the weight of runs, the 'prodigious' tag often weighed heavily on Jadhav's muscular shoulders.
It was getting increasingly difficult for the 27-year-old to get recognition, more so as he played for a team that featured in the lower Plate division — in existence till last year.
And though the 2011-12 season was a breakout one for his team — Maharashtra won the Plate final and earned the right to play in the quarterfinals of the Elite division last season — Jadhav batting at No.6 hadn't distinguished himself. His 29-ball half-century for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL was a flash in the pan as he produced little of note before and after.
But by scoring his first triple century and only his third-ever first class ton, Jadhav proved that he had developed the temperament, to match his talent. His 327 was scored at a strike rate of over 100 so Jadhav hadn't sacrificed his attacking instincts.
Rather, the batsman who often threw away his wicket in a rush of blood was determined to show that aggression when mixed with wisdom was a potent combination. He also reposed faith in the team management's decision to restore his position in the batting order to No.4, up three places from last season.
The wicket at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium remained docile and the Uttar Pradesh bowlers, incisive and accurate in their opening match in Ghaziabad on a much more responsive wicket, looked ordinary. But Jadhav, who hasn't batted for more than four hours at a stretch, was battling his tendency to play 'lazy shots'. He made 228 runs in boundaries and yet not once did he get carried away after hitting any of those 54 fours and two sixes.