Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly believes Kuldeep Yadav has intimidated the English batsmen in the ongoing series.

The English batsmen have looked completely clueless against the chinaman spinner. He has brutally exposed England’s frailties against spin with two career-best spells. In the first T20I, it was his 5-wicket haul that helped India take the lead. The hosts managed to handle Kuldeep well in the following game as the spinner went wicketless for 34 runs.

However, Kuldeep once again tormented England in the first ODI.  Asked to bat first, England were off to a good start. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy added 71 runs in ten overs. However, the game turned on its head once Kohli introduced Kuldeep in the attack.

He dismissed Roy on the very second ball of his first over. The tweaker then went on dismiss Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and David Willey to finish with career-best figures of six for 25.

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As a result, England were all out for just 268. In reply, India romped home without appearing to break a sweat thanks to Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 137 and a 75-run knock by Kohli.

“Kuldeep brought India the win. It was a good start for England, putting up 70 runs in 10 overs, but once Kuldeep came, he took three wickets in one over. He changed the entire outcome of the game and never allowed England to gain any momentum,” Ganguly told IndiaTV.

The legendary cricketer further opined that Kuldeep have intimidated the English batsmen.  He also feels that English batsmen start panicking whenever Kuldeep comes on to bowl.

“Kuldeep’s presence has intimidated the Englishmen. Ever since his performance in Manchester (first T20I), England panic when he comes around. There’s not much difference between him and Chahal. One’s a right-armer and the other is a left, but the way the batsmen see them, it makes a huge difference in the game.

“There’s still plenty of games to play (2 ODIs and 5 Tests) and I hope that he (Kuldeep) continues to daunt them. If they continue to bat like this, there’s no coming back,” he said.

Ganguly went on to claim that Kuldeep has been the biggest difference between the two sides so far.

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“Kuldeep has been the difference between India and England. He took five wickets in Manchester and wrapped up the game. In Nottingham he took 6 wickets and finished the job for India. If he didn’t take 6 wickets, the match could have been very different. It’s just match winning performances by him. If England are not able to post totals near 330, it only makes the job easier for the Indian batsmen. On flat wickets, you can expect Kuldeep to do what he does best,” Ganguly claimed.

India, meanwhile, will have the chance to wrap up the ODI series with a game to spare when they locks horns against the hosts in the second game on Saturday.