Visakhapatnam ODI has become a memorable game in India’s international cricket history. After the batting dominance, the left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav created a new history in Indian cricket after securing his second ODI hat-trick.
After losing the toss, the hosts India set up a mammoth first innings total of 387/5 (50 overs). The openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul provided the partnership of 227 runs which set the tone for the hosts. While Rahul scored 102 runs off 104 balls (8 fours and 3 sixes), Rohit smashed 159 runs off 138 balls (17 fours and 5 sixes).
Later, in that innings, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant played firing knocks. While Pant scored 39 runs off 16 balls (3 fours and 4 sixes), Iyer smashed 53 runs off 32 balls (3 fours and 4 sixes). During that partnership, India managed 31 runs against Roston Chase in the 47th over – most runs off an over by India in ODI history.
In reply, though Windies had a few solid partnerships, some quick wickets destroyed those momentums. But the best moment for India in that innings was Kuldeep Yadav’s amazing ODI hat-trick.
Kuldeep Yadav dismissed Shai Hope, Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph to claim his hat-trick
It was the 33rd over of that innings when Kuldeep Yadav created history in Indian cricket. At first, on the fourth ball of that over, the 25-year-old dismissed the set opening batsman Shai Hope (78). The wicketkeeper-batsman managed a hard hit against Kuldeep’s wrong ‘un. Indian skipper Virat Kohli grabbed that catch brilliantly at the deep mid-wicket, very close to the boundary rope. However, it was just the start of Kuldeep Yadav’s magic.
Kuldeep’s next victim was the former Windies limited-overs captain Jason Holder. On the next ball, Holder totally missed picking the flight and the wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant destroyed the stumps in a quick moment. While everyone was confident about that decision, the replay showed that Holder’s foot was on the air when Pant hit the stumps.
Kuldeep Yadav completed his second ODI hat-trick after dismissing Alzarri Joseph on the very next ball. While the Indian captain set a close fielding for that ball, Joseph’s outside edge was superbly caught by Kedar Jadhav at the second slip. In that hat-trick, while Kuldeep took the first one at over the wicket, the next two wickets came from around the wicket.
It was the 49th ODI hat-trick but only fifth ODI hat-trick among the Indian bowlers. After Chetan Sharma, Kapil Dev, Kuldeep Yadav’s first ODI hat-trick and Mohammed Shami, the latest one was the fifth ODI hat-trick. However, Kuldeep Yadav became the first Indian and sixth overall bowler to claim more than one ODI hat-trick.
Here is the video of that hat-trick:
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During the Eden Gardens (Kolkata) ODI against Australia on 21st September 2017, Kuldeep Yadav claimed his first ODI hat-trick after dismissing Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins in three successive deliveries.
Coming back to the Visakhapatnam ODI, Kuldeep finished with the bowling figures of 10-0-52-3. He is now just one wicket away to complete his 100 ODI wickets. If he takes one wicket in his next ODI, he will equal the record of fastest 100 ODI wickets among the Indians (Mohammed Shami in 56 matches).
Windies were finally bundled out for 280 runs as the hosts won the game by 107 runs. With this victory, India have levelled this three-match series by 1-1 with one to go. The last game of this series is going to be the series-decider that will be played on this Sunday (22nd December) at Cuttack.