Kuldeep Yadav collected his best ODI figure of 6/25 against England
The 1st ODI at Nottingham would be quite memorable for the Men in Blue as visitors India established their dominance after Kuldeep Yadav picked up his career best figure of 6/25 to bamboozle England once again with his spells, bundling out the Three Lions for 268 and it was opener Rohit Sharma who led the way by scoring his 18th ODI ton, helping India to win by 8 wickets. (IND vs ENG MATCH HIGHLIGHTS)
Kuldeep’s 6/25 is now the best figure by a left-arm wrist spinner in ODI cricket and at the rate this young lad is going, the chinaman looks keen on terrorising England the whole summer.
None of the England batsmen were able to read him and a testimony to that was his brilliant figures of 10-0-25-6, the best ever by any chinaman bowler in the history of ODIs. (IND vs ENG MATCH SCORECARD)
“For me it is a big day. I started off well in the first few overs. Luckily I got a couple of wickets in the first two overs. For me it does not matter if the ground is small. Initially, I thought there was a lot of turn and after the first over, I knew I was in the game,”
The manner in which Kuldeep set up the match, there was no scoreboard pressure on the Indian batting line-up unlike the last ODI series, where England trampled Australia under a mountain of runs.
In the 10 overs Kuldeep bowled, he did not concede a single boundary, thus establishing a few records as it was the best figure by any left-arm spinner in ODIs, best figures by any spinner in ODIs in England and the fourth best figure for India in ODI after Stuart Binny’s 6/4, Anil Kumble’s 6/12, Ashish Nehra’s 6/23 in One-Day Internationals.
Kuldeep, who collected his maiden fifer in ODI cricket, hopes to receive a call for the Test squad which is yet to be announced.
“If you are bowling in the right areas and you are using the variations perfectly, then it is pretty hard for the batsman. I know they will come back hard at us in the next game. I am hoping for a Test call.”
Kuldeep was singularly responsible for England’s batting collapse was evident more so because the next best figures were 2 for 70 in 9.5 overs by Umesh Yadav.
Even Kuldeep’s spin twin Yuzvendra Chahal (1/51 in 10 overs) was not exactly economical.
India will go into the second ODI with high hopes of sealing a series win after demolishing England with the chinaman and Ro’HIT’ show at Nottingham.