The way Kuldeep Yadav is performing in limited-overs cricket, many think that a regular place in the Test playing eleven is just a matter of time.
The chinaman spinner has been an absolute revelation since being drafted into the ODI and T20I side. It does not matter whether he is playing at home or overseas, the left-arm spinner has always managed to make a mark on the game.
After blowing away Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka at home, Kuldeep made a huge mark in South Africa. With 17 wickets, Kuldeep finished the ODI series in South Africa as the top wicket-taker. And he has continued that stunning form in the ongoing tour of United Kingdom too.
In the two T20Is against Ireland, he picked up seven wickets. In the first T20I against England, he picked up his career-best figures of 5 for 24. And on Thursday, he once again proved his worth in gold by blowing away England in first ODI.
Virat Kohli introduced him in the attack after England had raced away to 71 for no loss after 10 overs, And the move paid off as Kuldeep dismissed Jason Roy on the very second ball of his first over. He went on dismiss Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and David Willey to finish with career-best figures of 6 for 25.
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.
And now, the six-wicket haul should stand him in good stead when the selectors meet to pick the squad for the five-Test series in England starting August 1. However, when skipper Virat Kohli was asked about it, he kept the things under wrap.
“There might be a few surprises there, we have a few days to pick the Test side. Looking at the England batsmen struggling we might be tempted to do that,” Kohli told the media after the game.
The two teams will now take on each other in the second game on July 14.