Twitter Reactions: Kuldeep Yadav stuns England with a six-wicket haul

Kuldeep concluded his spell with the best bowling figures in ODIs.

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Kuldeep Yadav was the most talked about player after the first T20I against England as he picked up a five-wicket haul, his first in this form of the game and the batsmen had no clue. He had a tough time later in the series but made a magnificent comeback in the opening ODI at Trent Bridge to put the dangerous English batsmen to rest. He picked up six wickets to register his best bowling figures in ODIs and restricted the hosts to an ordinary score.

Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bowl first. The English openers had a really good start as they enjoyed the ball coming onto the bat and played their shots at will. But things gradually changed after the end of the power play. India brought their spinners and there was no pace on offer. Things started to happen and in Kuldeep’s first he got rid of the dangerous looking Jason Roy for 38.

In his next over he hit Joe Root’s pads plumb in front of stumps and just had to ask the umpire for it who was already convinced and raise his finger.  Root got out to the chinaman second time in three balls across formats. On the last ball of the same over, he appealed big and so did the rest of the Indians but the umpire didn’t budge, Kuldeep was certain and asked for a review, result, three reds and Jonny Bairstow was on his way back to the pavilion.

The skipper held him back for the last spell understanding the Brits would otherwise negotiate him without taking risk and brought him back only when they had to get runs in any situation. In the 49th over of the innings, Yadav got the big wicket that of Jos Buttler who was caught down the leg-side by MS Dhoni. Though Buttler had scored a fifty it was a job half complete till then. Kuldeep now had four and one more over to go.

Virat handed him the ball for the 45th over and this time Ben Stokes was desperate to score. He had just got to his half century from 102 balls and things were getting out of hand. He attempted a reverse sweep and Siddarth Kaul did really well to grab that at backward point. The left-arm wristie wasn’t done yet, with the last ball of his spell he managed to lure David Willey into a big shot and he hit it straight into the hands of KL Rahul at deep midwicket.

He ended his ten overs with figures of 6/25, his best in ODI cricket and also the best by an Indian bowler in England.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to the haul: