The last couple of months were absolutely forgettable for Kuldeep Yadav. It all started with his performance for Kolkata Knight Riders. The 2019 Indian Premier League was forgettable for the chinaman bowler. After taking just 4 wickets from 9 games, Kuldeep Yadav was dropped by the franchise for the team’s last 5 league matches. Worse, he gave away runs at an economy of 8.66.
Unsurprisingly, there were apprehensions that Kuldeep would fail to deliver in the World Cup. The apprehensions only elevated after he went wicketless in the first warm-up game against New Zealand. The left-arm spinner ended up conceding 44 runs but could not take a single wicket as India lost the game by six wickets.
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However, Kuldeep finally roared back to form on Tuesday during the second warm-up game against Bangladesh on Tuesday. He put up a heartening performance with the ball, claiming 3 for 47 as India got back to winning ways. But more than his performance, Kuldeep’s celebration after castling Mahmudullah is what caught everyone’s attention.
As soon as Kuldeep’s delivery hit the stumps, the senior teammates ran to congratulate Kuldeep. However, the spinner’s celebration with Shikhar Dhawan caught everyone’s attention. While Dhawan was hugging Kuldeep, the later appeared to bite him playfully before the two indulged in an animated conversation. Commentator Sanjay Manjrekar felt that the celebrations showed the camaraderie in the team.
Here is the clip showing Kuldeep’s celebration with Shikhar Dhawan:
Talking about the game, India thrashed Bangladesh by 95 runs. Asked to bat first, India put up a mammoth total of 359 for 7, thanks to centuries from KL Rahul and MS Dhoni. India were reeling for 102 for 4 before Dhoni and Rahul added 164 runs to lay the foundation for the big total. In reply, Bangladesh were all out for 264 in the very last over of the match. India will open their open their World Cup-campaign on June 5 against South Africa.