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Kuldeep Yadav - From Dharamsala to Manchester - Five Standout Spells Since International Debut

04 July 2018
Kuldeep Yadav - From Dharamsala to Manchester - Five Standout Spells Since International Debut

A few thousand kilometres away, in Manchester, a blockbuster cricket contest will be held as hosts England take on the mighty Indians in the first match of a three-match T20I series, which marks the start of a full tour between the two in-form sides in cricket.

In the second ODI of the five-match series against Australia in 2017, Kuldeep Yadav became only the third Indian bowler to take an ODI hat-trick, after Kapil Dev and Chetan Sharma.

Indian wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav says he never really gets perturbed when his deliveries are hit for sixes as a childhood drill has conditioned him well to deal with the pressure of bad spells.

Containing the English batsmen will be India's primary focus and the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, who will miss the T20I series due to a fractured finger, comes as a blow for the visitors. Captain Eoin Morgan is the only real middle order batsman in this current team.

India arrived in England after crushing Ireland 2-nil in the two-match T20 series.

India probable XI: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.

Rohit's departure brought in skipper Virat Kohli (20 not out off 22 balls), who was seven shy of becoming the fourth batsman to notch 2000 T20I runs.

"Obviously they (Bairstow and Root) are quality batsmen".

They face India in Cardiff on Friday before another game on Sunday. It's my first tour and things are going quite well. But England were already blessed with top order players before the move and Buttler's elevation has simply added to the number of batsmen who would, ideally, open the innings.

The left-arm wrist-spin of Kuldeep Yadav proved an indecipherable code for England's batsmen as a sea of blue at Old Trafford roared India on to victory in the first of three Twenty20s between these two sides.

England captain Eoin Morgan was his first victim, caught at midwicket on the slog-sweep, as England collapsed from 106-2 to 107-5. Kuldeep took three wickets in four balls and deceived us. It wasn't a case of chipping up in the air. Kohli, who was just eight runs away, finally reached the 2,000-mark in the T20Is becoming the first Indian and overall fourth batsman to touch the milestone in the shortest format on the global level. Kuldeep bowled well but we know we can play him better than that. It's something we'll assess.

"If you're facing a guy who turns it both ways, and disguises it well, it's very hard to replicate - because there is nobody else who bowls like that". It's down to the length you bowl at.

While England's game plan at the start of their batting innings is clear - and with Buttler at the top of the order, working better than ever - they need to work out a similar method once the fielding restrictions are over.

Morgan added: "The more time you spend at the crease the better you see the ball". If you go back and analyse how Alex Hales and Jos played him, it was actually pretty smart.