Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav made an instant impact in his comeback game in the second One-Day International match of the three-match series at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on Thursday, January 12. Kuldeep was named in the playing XI, replacing Yuzvendra Chahal, who was unavailable for selection due to a sore right shoulder.
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first. The Dasun Shanaka-led team made two changes to their line-up as Pathum Nissanka and Dilshan Madushanka were injured and were replaced by Nuwanidu Fernando and Lahiru Kumara. India made one forced change after Chahal was injured in the first ODI while diving to stop the ball.
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Yet Performs Well In Limited Chances He Gets – Wasim Jaffer
Former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer took to Twitter to praise Kuldeep Yadav’s ability to provide crucial breakthroughs in the middle overs. Jaffer said he would pick the left-arm wrist spinner in every playing XI for India in white-ball cricket.
“This wicket taking ability in the middle overs is exactly why I’d pick @imkuldeep18 in every Indian white ball XI. But unfortunately he’s the first one to sit out, and then only comes in as replacement if needed, yet performs well in limited chances he gets. #INDvSL,” Wasim Jaffer wrote.
This wicket taking ability in the middle overs is exactly why I'd pick @imkuldeep18 in every Indian white ball XI. But unfortunately he's the first one to sit out, and then only comes in as replacement if needed, yet performs well in limited chances he gets. #INDvSL
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 12, 2023
Kuldeep Yadav trapped a well-set Kusal Mendis in front of the stumps in his first over and dismissed him for 34 runs. He bowled the in-form batter Dasun Shanaka for just 2 runs, and it was a crucial wicket in terms of the match situation.
The Uttar Pradesh spinner broke the backbone of Sri Lanka’s batting line-up as they collapsed from 102-1 to 126-6 as he took three wickets for 40 runs in eight overs.
The 28-year-old has represented India in 73 ODI matches and has picked up 119 wickets with an average of 28.29 at an economy rate of 5.20. However, he didn’t get many chances in the last three years and took only 20 wickets in 17 matches.