India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal would be required to pick up six more wickets in the second ODI versus Sri Lanka if he is to match Mohammed Shami’s record of being the fastest Indian bowler to 100 international wickets.
Shami achieved this feat in 56 ODI matches, while Yuzvendra Chahal, who picked two wickets in the first ODI, sits on 94 scalps in 55 games. Speedster Jasprit Bumrah took his 100th ODI wickets in his 57th match, while Kuldeep Yadav did the same in his 58th.
Overall the record for fastest to 100 ODIs wickets is with Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, who achieved the same in 44 ODIs.
Very happy that after a long time Yuzvendra Chahal and I got to play together: Kuldeep Yadav
In the first ODI against Sri Lanka, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav played in the same eleven for the first time since the 2019 World Cup. The pair have remained separated since the World Cup league match versus England.
Both the wrist-spinners snapped a couple of wickets in the first ODI and displayed signs of a return to form. Kuldeep, in particular, has had a tough last couple of years sitting on the bench more than in the eleven. He was elated to be reunited with Yuzvendra Chahal.
“Very happy that after a long time Chahal and I got to play together for the team. We are comfortable with each other and we back each other.
“We both share inputs on the field whenever it is required, the bonding is nice between us both. We performed well together, we played after a long time and it orders well for the side,” Kuldeep Yadav said.
India comfortably won the first ODI as the batters chased down 263 with more than 13 overs to spare and took a lead in the series. The visitors would be looking to seal the series in the second ODI on Tuesday.