England vs India: Brendon Taylor lauds Kuldeep Yadav's performance at Trent Bridge

England vs India: Brendon Taylor lauds Kuldeep Yadav’s performance at Trent Bridge

Kuldeep's figures are the best by a left-arm spinner in ODIs.

Brendan Taylor
Brendan Taylor. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The first ODI between England and India turned out to be a one-sided affair as the Men in Blue thumped the hosts by eight wickets at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The track at the venue has a history of producing massive scores over the past three to four years. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow manifested the same with a partnership of 73 runs from 62 balls to take the Brits off to a blistering start.

However, Kuldeep Yadav’s superlative spell of 10-0-25-6 changed the complexion of the match to a significant extent. He picked Roy to start the carnage and soon after Bairstow and Root also fell prey to his guile and trajectory. The chinaman bowler also accounted for the wickets for Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, both of whom scored a half-century and shook the home team out of their funk.

Kuldeep’s figures unheard of

With Stokes’ scalp, the Uttar Pradesh-born tweaker also became the bowler with the best bowling figures by a left-arm spinner in ODIs. He also surpassed Shahid Afridi’s record of the best figures by a spinner in ODIs in England. Meanwhile, Brendan Taylor, the Zimbabwean wicketkeeper-batsman was all praises for the Young Turk and he hailed the masterful exhibition of bowling by the 23-year old.

Meanwhile, he also expressed concerns over the nature of the track in Nottingham. “Having seen a recent world record at Trent Bridge and played there many times, the white ball format can be daunting for bowlers. Kuldeep Yadav’s figures against that England batting line-up are unheard of. Great effort that!,” Taylor was quoted as saying by BBC Sports.

In 2016, England racked up the then highest ODI score off 444 against Pakistan. Alex Hales blew the visitors away to score 171 runs. Last month, Eoin Morgan and his men decimated Australia by piling on 481 runs in their 50 overs. Hales again put up a superlative show to score 147 runs and take the sting out of their bowling attack. Hence, Taylor’s concern over the nature of Nottingham’s wicket can’t be dismissed.

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