Kuldeep Yadav repeats Test debut heroics in ODI against West Indies

Ajinkya Rahane and Kuldeep Yadav were the chief architect of India's victory over West Indies in the 2nd ODI. Kuldeep was the Men in Blue's most destructive bowler with three wickets to his name.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 26, 2017 12:18 pm
Kuldeep Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav ODI debut, India vs West Indies, ind vs WI, India tour of West Indies, Cricket news, Indian Express Kuldeep Yadav scalped three wickets during India’s 105-run victory over West Indies. (Source: Twitter)

Kuldeep Yadav, who became the 217th player to represent India in the 50-overs format, was the star performer with the ball for Virat Kohli-led side on Sunday. The Chinaman bowler scalped wickets of Windies opener Shai Hope, Evin Lewis and skipper Jason Holder, repeating his feat of his Test debut against Australia earlier in the year.

The 22-year old replaced Ravindra Jadeja in the Virat Kohli-led India’s playing XI. Given the ball in the 20th over, Yadav got the better of Lewis as Dhoni dislodged the bails without wasting much time.

Holder’s wicket was his third and a crucial one as the match turned in favour of India with the West Indies skipper back in the hut. However, the left-arm bowler did give away 50 runs in an economy of 5.5.

After making a stellar debut in Test against Australia in Dharamsala, Kuldeep was included in India’s limited-overs squad replacing Jasprit Bumrah, who was rested for the tour. In his maiden Test, the left-hand chinaman bowler claimed four wickets. He has been very effective in the first-class cricket where he has taken 85 wickets in 23 matches.

Alongside Kuldeep, youngster Rishabh Pant is also eyeing to make his ODI debut. And after Kohli hinting Pant’s chances of making into the playing XI in the third ODI, the 19-year old could become India’s 218th ODI player.

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