India vs Australia 2019: Kuldeep Yadav Bags an Unwanted Record in Bilateral ODI Series
Team India wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who is seen as the bowling prodigy, has a knack of picking wickets, early on. But in the recently-concluded five-match ODI series, he has been mostly ineffective for the major-half while giving away too many runs.
Interestingly, Kuldeep has given away 74 runs in Mohali when he was taken to cleaners by Ashton Turner.
In between, his poor average in the series might dent his morale in the lead up to the ICC World Cup 2019.
As the guests Australia has won the heavily-contested series 3-2, the visiting batsmen have further shown grit and determination while facing chinaman Kuldeep.
The 24-year-old Kuldeep has become the talk of the town, for deceiving batsmen on a regular basis, in the recent past.
Kuldeep needs to show more:
In the bilateral One-day International (ODI) series, Kuldeep has struggled to stem the run flow. In the recently-held series, he bagged ten wickets in his five outings.
The promising youngster Kuldeep would be eager to stage a strong return with a challenge of ODI showpiece a couple of months away. The multi-nation tourney will kick-off on May 30 in London.
In the series decider at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, India has surrendered before resurgent Australia by losing the game by 35 runs to lose first ODI series against Australia since 2009 at home.
Following a comprehensive show in Hyderabad and Vizag, India took a 2-0 lead, before the Kangaroos won three games on a trot.
Coming back to Kuldeep, he has been a major threat for any of the oppositions. But he has miserably failed to avoid leaking runs on spin-friendly wickets.
Dhoni’s vital tips helped Kuldeep Yadav:
During the five games, Yadav has recorded the worst bowling average with a minimum of three ODIs. He bowled 50 overs to concede 302 runs at an average of 30.20. Besides, it is the indicator of how well Australian batters have tied up the wicket-taking bowler in his own backyard.
Back in 2017 against the Windies, Kuldeep has registered his bowling average of 19.75 while taking eight wickets in 39 overs. He went on to give away 158 runs.
During 2018-19 series against the same opposition in home conditions, Kuldeep maintained his average as 19.88. But in the Asia Cup 2018, it has risen to 23.70.
Also, on his Down Under Tour, Kuldeep’s bowling average read as 30. In four games, he picked seven wickets by conceding 210 runs in 34 overs.
The fact is, Kuldeep has not been up to his mark. However, he will eye glory when India will kick-off their campaign against South Africa on June 5. The tourney will run between May 30 and July 14 in the United Kingdom (UK).
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