Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Kedar Jadhav and Kuldeep Yadav would have had their heart in their mouth in the fag end of the Indian innings. However, both the players were able to take India over the line by a whisker as the Men in Blue won by three wickets. Thus, India was able to grab their seventh Asia Cup title. In fact, the match went down to the wire as one run was required off the final ball.

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It was a nail-biting finish to a fine tournament. Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja were able to put a crucial partnership to take India close to the target. Kumar scored an invaluable 21 and Jadeja amassed 23 to inch India closer to their seventh title.

India, Bangladesh, Final, Asia Cup 2018
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Kuldeep Yadav said he was confident with the bat as he has scored runs in the domestic circuit. The mystery chinaman was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he scalped three wickets.

Kuldeep said after the match while speaking to Kevin Pietersen, “He (Jadhav) just told me to back myself and be careful while running. The wicket was good to bat on today, compared to the last game. More you play here, more you get better. First game I was struggling to get my line right. Have scored a lot of runs in first-class cricket, so qualify me as an all-rounder”.

Meanwhile, Kedar Jadhav had suffered from a hamstring injury during the course of the batting inning. However, Jadhav was able to come back and finish the match for India. In fact, he had done the same for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. Thus, he had gone through the same situation.

Kuldeep Yadav, Kedar Jadhav, Asia Cup 2018, India
Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Kedar Jadhav said “I’ve been in this situation a few months back. Knew field will be up in the end and will be easy to take one or two. The way Kuldeep batted gave me confidence too. I’m still a batsman who can bowl. It’s at least Grade I or II tear. Let’s see tomorrow”.

India was able to hold on to their nerves as both Kuldeep and Kedar showed that ice waters in their veins. Thus, it was an emphatic finish to the tournament.

Gautam Chauhan

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