It was a memorable cricket match between India and New Zealand on October 23 when India not only defeated New Zealand to take a 2-1 lead in the series but also created a lot of new records in the process.
While everyone spoke about captain MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli’s innings, the commentators and twitteratis were left in split thanks to all-rounder Kedar Jadhav’s performance.
During New Zealand’s innings, cricketer Kedar Jadhav was introduced to bowl in the eleventh over of the game.
At this point of the match, New Zealand had made a solid start and had put up a quickfire 64 runs in the first ten overs.
While changing bowlers in the match is a usual affair, what made Jadhav’s entry unusual, was the fact that he had been a surprise package in this series so far.
Jadhav, till now has mostly played as a wicket-keeper-batsman in domestic cricket and in the last two ODI’s had started to bowl for India and picked up three wickets in two matches.
It must be noted that Jadhav only has one First Class wicket under his name and is not seen as a bowler.
Thus, not knowing about his bowling exploits, cricket experts didn’t take him as a threat and joked about him being introduced.
With both batsmen looking comfortable, New Zeland cricketer Scott Styris jokingly said that he will “walk out of the commentary box, and take the first flight to New Zealand” if Jadhav took a wicket that day.
Unfortunately, for Styris, Jadhav in his very second over bowled one slow and straight bowl to Williamson and got a plumb LBW wicket. Jadhav had taken a wicket, much to the vexation of Styris.
Jadhav’s wicket left the commentators in splits and they expected Styris to eat his words and praise Jadhav.
Instead, Styris, in a rather funny manner decided to stick to his words and walked out of the commentary box, leaving both Shastri and Gavaskar laughing.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 23, 2016
While few would have looked at this incident as defiance, Styris took the whole matter in good spirit and even sent out a witty reply to a twitter troll.
— Mr Navin 🤘 (@Mister_Awessome) October 23, 2016
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) October 23, 2016
Meanwhile, in the match, Jadhav continued his exploits and grabbed a total of three wickets