Indian all-rounder Kedar Jadhav has been included in India's squad for the fourth and fifth ODI against West Indies. Currently, India lead the five-match Test series 1-0 and will look to extend series when they take on Windies in the third ODI in Pune.
Unhappy with his omission, Jadhav did not mince words and said there was no communication over his exclusion from the Indian team. However, it prompted chief selector MSK Prasad to say that the batsman was not picked because of his injury prone past.
Jadhav had made a comeback during the Asia Cup last month but the recurrence of the hamstring injury in the final led to another round of rehab.
Jadhav was drafted into the India A side midway into the Deodhar Trophy as the selectors wanted to assess his fitness before taking a call on his comeback.
In the presence of three national selectors, Jadhav made his case with an unbeaten 41 off 25 as well as sent down five overs but the ODI team announced during the course of the Deodhar game didn't figure the Maharashtra player.
"I did not know this," said Jadhav when asked if there was any communication over his selection for the remaining three games against the West Indies.
"Let's see. You are the first one to tell me this. I need to see why they have not picked me. I don't know what the plan is now that I am not there in the team. Probably, I will be playing the Ranji Trophy," said the 33-year-old from Pune.
Jadhav had made a comeback during the Asia Cup last month but the recurrence of the hamstring injury in the final led to another round of rehab. He said it hurts when one keeps getting injured when he is playing well.
"Rehab was good. I passed all the tests and came here match fit. It is all fine. Obviously, it hurts when you are in form and get injured. It creates uncertainty on when you will get the next opportunity. And when you comeback, you have to start from scratch again as you end up missing a lot of matches. It hurts but you have to accept it and move on," Jadhav said.
(With PTI inputs)