Kuldeep is outstanding: Virat

Chinaman’s magic, Rohit’s grace give India emphatic 8-wicket win over England

By Our Bureau & Agencies
  • Published 13.07.18
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Rohit Sharma after reaching his century at Trent Bridge on Thursday 

Calcutta/ Nottingham: Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav bamboozled England batsmen with a mesmerizing spell before Rohit Sharma’s sublime century saw India cruise to an eight-wicket victory in the first ODI at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday.

Kuldeep’s career-best figures of six for 25 allowed England to only score a modest 268 on good batting conditions. The chase was a stroll in the park for as the runs were knocked off in only 40.1 overs courtesy Rohit’s (137 n.o. off 114 balls).

It was the opener’s 18th ODI hundred, which was beautifully complemented by captain Virat Kohli (75, 82 balls) as he struck his first 50 plus score of the tour. The Kohli-Rohit duo added 177 runs in 25.1 overs to seal the issue. 

“As clinical as it can be. We knew it was a really good wicket but wrist spin in the middle overs would be tricky. Kuldeep is outstanding. I don’t think I’ve seen a better ODI spell in a while. We want him confident because we know he can be a match-winner,” Virat said at the post-match presentation.

When asked whether Kuldeep should be in the Test side, Virat said: “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 include him. The weather has been lovely. It’s been good so far. It doesn’t feel like we away from home.”

Once Virat opted to field, the English script unfolded very much on similar lines with the T20 series, where things went downhill as soon as Kuldeep was introduced into the attack. None of the England batsmen were able to read him and a testimony to that was his brilliant figures of 10-0-25-6, the best-ever by any chinaman bowler in the history of ODIs.

He bowled an astounding 38 dot balls and not once was he hit for a boundary. This was Kuldeep’s first five-for in ODIs after he had recently achieved the same feat in T20Is during the Manchester encounter. 

“It’s a big day for me. I started pretty well… Luckily I got some early wickets. For me it doesn’t matter where I’m playing. There was a little bit of turn,” the Man of the Match said. 

According to Kuldeep he felt he was in the groove after the first over itself. “After the first over I felt I am in the zone. If you are using your variations, it’s more difficult for the batsmen. I’m hoping for the Test squad, let’s see.”

The manner in which Kuldeep set up the match, there was no scoreboard pressure on the Indian batting line-up unlike the last ODI series, where England trampled Australia under a mountain of runs. 

Rohit, who always takes time to get off the blocks and then accelerate, hit 15 fours and four sixes. 

England
J. Roy c Yadav b Kuldeep 38
J. Bairstow lbw b Kuldeep 38
J. Root lbw b Kuldeep 3
E. Morgan c Raina b Chahal 19
B. Stokes c Kaul b Kuldeep 50
J. Buttler c Dhoni b Kuldeep 53
M. Ali c Kohli b Umesh 24
D. Willey c Rahul b Kuldeep 1
A. Rashid c Pandya b Umesh 22
L. Plunkett run out 10
M. Wood not out 0
Extras (lb5, w5) 10
Total (all out 49.5 overs) 268
Fall of wickets: 1/73, 2/81, 3/82, 4/105, 5/198, 6/214, 7/216, 8/245, 9/261
Bowling: Umesh 9.5-0-70-2; Kaul 10-0-62-0; Chahal 10-0-51-1; Pandya 7-0-47-0; Kuldeep 10-0-25-6; Raina 3-1-8-0
 
India
R. Sharma not out 137
S. Dhawan c Rashid b Moeen 40
V. Kohli st Buttler b Rashid 75
L. Rahul not out 9
Extras (b-0, lb-0, nb-0, w-8) 8
Total (2 wickets, 40.1 overs) 269
Fall of wickets: 1/59, 2/226
Bowling: Wood 6-0-55-0; Willey 5-0-25-0; Moeen 8.1-0-60-1; Plunkett 6-0-31-0; Stokes 4-0-27-0; Rashid 10-0-62-1; Root 1-0-9-0
MoM: Kuldeep Yadav