India produced a clinical effort to secure a convincing 89-run win over arch-rivals Pakistan at the Old Trafford in Manchester. If Rohit Sharma led the batting unit, it was Kuldeep Yadav who starred with the ball during Sunday’s exciting encounter. The young spinner who came to the World Cup on the back of some poor performances in the IPL asserted that he never lost his rhythm after his excellent outing against Pakistan.

Never lost my rhythm: Kuldeep

India restricted Pakistan to 212 runs to win the match by 89 runs by the DLS method. It all started with Vijay Shankar who provided the first breakthrough before Babar Azam, and Fakhar Zaman tried to steady the innings. They added 100+ runs for the second wicket before Kuldeep Yadav broke Babar’s shackles with a brilliant delivery. He also removed Zaman soon to build the pressure before Hardik Pandya broke the backbone of the middle order.

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Kuldeep, who returned with two for 32 in his nine overs, said that he never lost his bowling rhythm. Kuldeep Yadav, whose economy rate has been less than five per over, is happy with the way he has bowled till now. Although he has not been among the wickets, he has been economical and bowled well in tandem with Yuzvendra Chahal in the middle overs.

“Everyone is talking about my rhythm, but I never thought that I lost it,” Kuldeep said to the reporters. “From last three games, I have been bowling really well. In the last game against Australia, they were struggling to hit me and that is more important for any spinner. When they are struggling, you are getting the rhythm,” he added.

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Babar’s wicket was special: Kuldeep

Speaking about his wicket of Babar Azam, Kuldeep Yadav described it as one of his best deliveries. He also sounded satisfied with the wickets as it provided Team India with a momentum. They capitalised on it as the young spinner removed Fakhar Zaman before Hardik Pandya ran havoc.

“I think (this is) one of the best deliveries in this tournament for me. I had earlier dismissed Babar Azam when we played the Asia Cup last year. He is a good player of spin. From a team’s point of view, they (Babar and Zaman) were going very well. They were striking it well and also rotating the strike. We all knew a wicket was crucial. It put them under pressure and after that Fakhar also got out,” he concluded.