England’s obsession against spin was evident on a sunny afternoon at the Trent Bridge, as they once again capitulated against spin bowling ploy. Very much like the first Twenty20 International at Manchester, it was Kuldeep Yadav, who once again made an absolute mockery out of the much famed England batting line up
Entering the game with tremendous expectations, after their batsmen posted the world record total of 481 against Australia right here, things didn’t go as per plan for the hosts.
Despite a fine opening stand between Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy, things soon went southwards for the hosts.
Kuldeep struck the first blow as he sent Roy packing after an ill-fated reverse sweep from the latter was caught. Soon, the wrist spinner sent back dangerous Jonny Bairstow, trapping him plumb in front.
Joe Root, currently going through a mediocre run of form in the shorter formats, endured yet another tough outing, courtesy Kuldeep.
The wrist spinner remained Kuldeep unplayable across his spell, and just watching the England batsmen fight to play his ten overs, was a treat to watch.
Across his spell, the chinaman bowler didn’t even concede a single boundary.
By the time Kuldeep had delivered the final ball of his spell, the Uttar Pradesh-based lad etched himself in history. With figures reading six for 25 in 10 overs, the wrist spinner broke a plethora of records. He has absolutely mindblowing bowling performance.
Below, are some of the fascinating records which Kuldeep Yadav managed to associate himself as a result of his spell of six for 25. Well, it came during the course of the first ODI, of the three-match series:
1. Best ever figures by a left-arm spinner in the history of ODI cricket.
2. Best figures by an Indian spinner away from home. (Best figures by an Indian spinner overall belongs to veteran Anil Kumble, whose 6-12 is still fresh in everyone’s memories.)
3. Best bowling figures by a spinner against England.
4. Best bowling figures by a spinner in England.