India limited-overs skipper Rohit Sharma said Kuldeep Yadav is bringing glimpses of his old form back into the international stage.
India whitewash West Indies 3-0 in the ODI series after a 96-run victory in the final ODI match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahemdabad on Friday.
As India were on the mission to defend their modest score of 265 in the first innings, the bowlers were giving their best to keep West Indies batters at bay.
Kuldeep Yadav, who returned to the Indian side after a gap of nearly seven months, picked the crucial wickets of West Indies stand-in skipper Nicholas Pooran and all-rounder Fabian Allen.
In the 17th over, Kuldeep bowled a googly delivery, that pitched outside off-stump, to Allen who was attempting to play a cover drive but found a spike on his bat before Pant completed the catch behind the stumps.
In his next over, Kuldeep tossed up full-length delivery to Pooran who tried to play a big shot but ended up getting caught at first slip by Rohit.
Kuldeep Yadav bowled brilliantly: Rohit Sharma
Rohit said Kuldeep bowled brilliantly on his return and was delighted with him bowling in his old manner.
“(Yuzvendra) Chahal played the first two games. We wanted to rest him and get Kuldeep in to see what he had to offer. And I thought he bowled brilliantly. I can see glimpses of old Kuldeep coming back. He was flighting the ball, bowling those googlies, getting the batters to nick in the slip. That is the kind of stuff he has done in the past and it was good to see him bowl that way,” Rohit said in the virtual press conference after the match.
“Obviously, he is playing an ODI after a long time. He got hit for a few runs but that didn’t really matter. I told him not to worry about all that stuff. (I told him) you just need to get your rhythm back and we are here to support you,” he added.
The bowlers did a great job: Rohit Sharma
Prasidh Krishna and Mohammed Siraj chipped in with three wickets each as West Indies were bundled up on 169. Deepak Chahar got the early wickets of Brandon King and Shamarh Brooks early in the innings as West Indies were reduced to 25 for three inside five overs.
Rohit appreciated the entire bowling unit for their stupendous efforts and mentioned Chahar’s ability to move the ball.
“The fast bowlers and the spinners, they did a great job in this particular series. Along with Prasidh (Krishna), (Mohammed) Siraj was outstanding the way he bowled, with a lot of pace again. Shardul (Thakur) played a couple of games, bowled well in the middle. Deepak (Chahar), I was very impressed with his skills as well, the way he swings the ball,” the skipper said.
India will take on West Indies in three T20I matches after dominating the visitors in the 50-over format. The first T20I will be played on February 16 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.