But it was his ability with the ball which helped India break the back of Bangaladesh's batting and restrict them to a manageable total.
He came into bowl when Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim - the two mainstays of Bangladeshi batting were looking dangerous and had stitched together a 123-run partnership.
Main spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had proved to be ineffective, and Hardik Pandya was leaking runs.
That's when captain Virat Kohli turned to Kedar Jadhav, and he turned out to be the man with the golden arm.
First, he got Tamim to break the partnership, then he also dismissed Mushfiqur Rahim to put India on top.
He conceded just 22 runs from 6 overs at an economy of 3.66 - lowest of all the bowlers used.
With such figures, he compensated for Pandya's overs who still doesn't give the feeling of a bowler who can regularly bowl 10 overs.
This means Jadhav's role will be all the more crucial for India in the limited overs side going ahead, but as he has shown today, any captain can trust him to roll his arm over.
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First Published: June 15, 2017, 10:42 PM IST