It was a great debut for Indian mystery bowler Kuldeep Yadav, who made a comeback to the national squad after a period of two and half years. After being on the bench for almost one and a half month, Kuldeep was finally handed the debut cap in the prepossessing city of Dharamsala surrounded by mountains, with a covering of ice on it.
He did start on a high as the first Chinaman bowler (man) from India cleaned up David Warner as his first scalp in international cricket. It was a ripper from him which cleaned up Peter Handscomb, which gave him second scalp of the day.
Steve Smith, who saw other batsmen being troubled against Kuldeep, played with extra cautiousness towards him and did not take any chances. He kept himself tied to the crease, not taking any risks against the ‘Chinaman’,
“I bowled to Smith for the first time and I did not have any difficulty as he was not playing any strokes against me. Maybe he did not want to take any chance against me and was depending on singles. It might be that wickets were falling at the other end, he was being cautious. I was never nervous against Smith,” Kuldeep said.
Then he revealed the plan to dismiss David Warner of a flipper, that he learnt from Shane Warne. Yadav revealed the joy of the wicket that he applied the basic well, he learnt from Shane Warne as he said,
“Did you see the first wicket (that of Warner)? That was not a chinaman. It was a flipper which I learnt from Shane Warne. So learning from Warne and then getting out his countryman is a nice feeling.
“My idol is Shane Warne and I have followed him since my childhood. I only watch his videos and it was a dream-come-true when I met him. I could not believe I was speaking to my idol and sharing my thoughts on bowling and what all I should be doing. I did exactly what he (Warne) told me to do. He has promised that he will have another session with me in near future,” the former Under 19 played added.
It was a great piece of bowling from Kuldeep as with his solid performance on the first day, he overpowered his senior pro-Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. Though skipper Ajinkya Rahane gave the first shot at the senior pros but after an ineffective show from them and Yadav was given the ball to reveal to the Indian audience what a Chinaman is.