Left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav has taken the Indian cricket fans as well as Australia by surprise with his wily bowling performance in the lunch session. The 22-year-old, who today became India’s Test player No. 288, made a spectacular debut and snapped 3 for 41 in his 15 over spell before tea session.
His performance led India to make a comeback in the match after being pushed to the wall by Steve Smith and David Warner in the opening session.
As Kapil Dev predicted in the mid-session break where he predicted that India would be back in the contest with four wickets in the post lunch session, and Kuldeep Yadav made sure that the words of Kapil Dev came true.
The first session saw Australia dominate India thoroughly after winning the toss and electing to bat first in the backdrop of the scenic HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala.
Things began well for India as Umesh Yadav’s in-swinger cleaned up Matt Renshaw in the second over. However, the greenish wicket and fast outfield gave the in-form skipper Steve Smith and David Warner a perfect platform to build the innings quickly.
The pair had already added 134 runs for the second wicket before the introduction of Kuldeep brought a good turnaround. However, India clawed back after the Lunch break. After being brought into the attack in the 30th over of the day’ play, the chinaman claimed opener David Warner as his first Test victim in just his fourth over of his career.
A sense of double delight moment spread in the stadium as the entire team celebrated the youngster’s important personal achievement and a crucial breakthrough that brought back the hosts in the contest.The chinaman went on to snap two more wickets – Peter Handscomb and Glen Maxwell while Umesh Yadav dismissed Shaun Marsh to put India in a firm position. Both Handscomb and Maxwell fell in spectacular fashion with a flummoxed look on their face.
The chinaman went on to snap two more wickets – Peter Handscomb and Glen Maxwell while Umesh Yadav dismissed Shaun Marsh to put India in a firm position. Both Handscomb and Maxwell fell in spectacular fashion with a flummoxed look on their face.
Kuldeep Yadav or Umesh Yadav Kamal kar rahe h match me jai ho
— Sushil Ahlawa (@SushilAhlawa) March 25, 2017
Only Kuldeep Yadav seems to be making Steve Smith think a bit before hitting #IndvAus
— R VeeraN (@r_veeran) March 25, 2017
Kuldeep Yadav to Australia, what o'keefe was to india. #IndvAus
— 619 (@nivas__) March 25, 2017
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— Yogi (@UdtaLiberal) March 25, 2017
India's surprise launch of Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has payed off! He is proving to be more dangerous than Virat Kohli himself! #IndvAus
— Savi (@Savi_S9) March 25, 2017
— Mikkail Vaswani (@MikkhailVaswani) March 25, 2017
— nagaraj (@naga25french) March 25, 2017
One things for sure @imkuldeep18 gonna get much more followers today than any other day…And I'm one of em'
— Jayesh (@MrJay16_) March 25, 2017
I don't want to take anything away from Kuldeep Yadav but when Smith can breeze to 100 and the other 5 scrap together 70 odd… #IndvAus
— Ewen Jones (@EwenJonesNQ) March 25, 2017