IND vs SL: “Kuldeep Yadav Has A Simple Funda, He Will Become The Man Of The Match If You Give Him A Chance To Play” – Aakash Chopra

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav (Image Credits: Twitter)

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav bowled a match-winning spell in the second ODI against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday (January 12). The Men in Blue took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra believes Kuldeep Yadav might be dropped once Yuzvendra Chahal is fit and available for selection.

The 28-year-old was picked in place of Yuzvendra Chahal, who was unavailable for selection due to a right shoulder injury.

The Uttar Pradesh spinner made the most of the opportunity and took three wickets for his quota of 51 runs in 10 overs, as the hosts restricted the visitors to 215 runs. The Men in Blue chase down the lower target with four wickets and 40 balls to spare.

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Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav (Image Credits: Twitter/BCCI)

Kuldeep Will Be Made To Sit Out Once Yuzi Is Available – Aakash Chopra

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra praised Kuldeep Yadav’s “Man of the Match” performance, saying that he might not play in the next match.

The former Indian opener said the wicket of in-form batsman Dasun Shanaka, who has troubled the Indians in the last few matches, was crucial.

“Kuldeep Yadav has a simple funda, he will become the Man of the Match if you give him a chance to play. He was the Player of the Match in the first match in Bangladesh and didn’t play the second match. Here also he has become the Player of the Match and might not play the next match. He will be made to sit out once Yuzi is available,” Aakash Chopra said.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)

“He is absolutely stellar. Kuldeep Yadav – what a bowler, wickets right from the start. He picked up three wickets and when he dismissed Dasun Shanaka, he might have been telling the others that they were unable to get him out and he dismissed him in a jiffy,” he added.

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Siraj Will Pick Up Wickets In The Powerplay – Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra said that Mohammed Siraj would provide early breakthroughs with a new ball. The cricketer-turned-commentator said that Umran Malik is a wicket-taker in the middle overs, and he takes one or two wickets in every match.

“Mohammed Siraj has undertaken that as soon as the new ball comes he will pick up wickets in the powerplay. He hit Avishka Fernando’s stumps with an incoming delivery on an extremely flat pitch.”

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj (Image Credits: Twitter)

“Mohammed Siraj picked up three wickets and Umran Malik picked up two. Umran Malik – when you see the tail, you give the ball to him saying he will scare them and get one or two out. When wickets are not falling in the middle overs, you feel he will get them out. He is that kind of a bowler, he has already got that reputation.”

Also read: IND vs SL: “He Was Made To Sit In The Room, That He Is In The KKR’s 25 But Won’t Come In The 15” – Mohammad Kaif On Kuldeep Yadav

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