India all-rounder Kedar Jadhav had to answer some very tough questions by fans during an Instagram Live session on Thursday with one of them even asking the cricketer to choose between MS Dhoni and Salman Khan.
Kedar made his debut under MS Dhoni for India and has been playing under Captain Cool for the Chennai Super Kings as well since 2018 when the yellow brigade made their comeback in the Indian Premier League after serving out the 2-year suspension.
On the other hand is Salman Khan, the Bollywood superstar who Kedar simply loves and is a huge fan of. When put under the spot by the question, Kedar chose to take a diplomatic route as he simply could not pick a favourite.
“Superstar for me is a mix of 2 words – super and star. So for me they both are like super star. I cannot differentiate but I would still like to clear this that because of MS Dhoni I have been able to play the duration I have played.
“And because of Mahi bhai I got to meet Salman bhai. I think it will always be Mahi bhai first then Salman bhai but it is very difficult for me. It is like asking which parent is your favourite?” Kedar justified on the Instagram Live.
Another fan asked Kedar if he had ever been scolded by Dhoni while playing for India or CSK to which he replied by quoting a famous dialogue from a Salman Khan movie.
“Yes definitely, but his (Dhoni) scolding is mostly with the eyes. There is a very famous dialogue from a Salman Khan movie which says, ye Adele Aadmi hai jo aapko sire ghoul ke opposition ki pant gel Kar date hai (he is the only person who can make the opposition wet their pants with just one look).
“That sort of thing I get with him when he scolds me with his eyes, then I have to pull up my socks,” Kedar said.
Kedar also opened up on the difference between playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru and Chennai Super Kings in Chennai. Kedar had spent two seasons (2016 & 2017) with the RCB before being picked up by Dhoni’s CSK before the 2018 season.
“Major difference between playing for RCB in Bengaluru and for CSK in Chennai is the captain who backs you and gives you the opportunities and has the confidence and faith in you.
“If you know as a player your captain (MS Dhoni) backs you and gives you more than enough opportunities, there is no better feeling. You can see the happiness on his face when you perform, he’s happy for you,” Kedar said.
Kedar labelled the CSK fans as the best in the IPL and even compared them with skipper Dhoni.
“We have all seen how many people turn up even for the practice games. Nobody can doubt this that CSK fans are No. 1 in terms of supporting the team.
“CSK fans are just like the captain – no matter what I will back you and be with you in ups and downs. And if you have a family like the CSK fans that we have, we are bound to win more games than other teams,” Kedar said.