Kuldeep waits on Test call af­ter 6-wicket haul

Oman Daily Observer - - CYCLING/CRICKET -

NOT­TING­HAM, United King­dom: Kuldeep Ya­dav hopes his re­cent lim­ite­dovers per­for­mances will prompt India’s se­lec­tors to in­clude him in their squad for the up­com­ing Test series in England.

The left-arm wrist spin­ner took a su­perb one-day in­ter­na­tional best six for 25 in his max­i­mum 10 overs as India beat England by eight wick­ets at Trent Bridge on Thurs­day to go 1-0 up in a three-match series.

That fol­lowed the 23-year-old’s five for 24 in the first Twenty20 in­ter­na­tional against England at Old Traf­ford on July 3 — a series India won 2-1. His lat­est haul — the best by any spin­ner in an ODI against England — helped India dis­miss the hosts for 268 in Not­ting­ham, with opener Ro­hit Sharma then mak­ing 137 not out as the tourists won with nearly 10 overs re­main­ing.

Left-arm wrist spin­ners are a rar­ity in top-level cricket and England’s bats­men are strug­gling to pick which way Ya­dav is turn­ing the ball.

Af­ter the one-day­ers, India re­main in England for a five-test series.

With Bri­tain, by its stan­dards, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some­thing of a heat­wave, pitches around the coun­try are dry and re­cep­tive to spin, rather than the tra­di­tional green sur­faces beloved of seam bowlers.

Ya­dav’s re­cent suc­cess, al­lied to favourable con­di­tions, has led to sug­ges­tions he could be in­cluded in the Test squad due to be an­nounced by India’s se­lec­tors over the week­end.

In re­cent times India have tended to de­ploy the ex­pe­ri­enced pair of off-spin­ner Ravichan­dran Ash­win and left-arm ortho­dox Ravin­dra Jadeja as their spe­cial­ist slow bowlers in the five-day game.

But as he re­flected on his hero­ics at Trent Bridge, Ya­dav made it clear he wanted to add to his tally of nine wick­ets in two Tests — the last against Sri Lanka in Pallekele in Au­gust 2017.

“I bowled wicket to wicket and tried to vary my pace,” he said. “Talk­ing about Test cricket, I am hop­ing for the call and let’s see what hap­pens in a cou­ple days when they an­nounce the Test team.”

England’s top three bats­men were in dev­as­tat­ing form dur­ing a pre­ced­ing 5-0 series rout of Aus­tralia last month — which in­cluded a men’s ODI record to­tal of 481 for six at Trent Bridge on June 19.

But on Thurs­day, al­beit with opener Alex Hales miss­ing with a side in­jury that has ruled him out of the en­tire series, Ya­dav re­moved an England top three of Ja­son Roy, Test skip­per Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow in a stun­ning spell of three wick­ets for five runs ENGLAND J Roy c Umesh Ya­dav b Kuldeep Ya­dav ............. 38 J Bairstow lbw Kuldeep Ya­dav .......................... 38 J Root lbw Kuldeep Ya­dav .................................... 3 E Mor­gan c Raina b Cha­hal ............................... 19 B Stokes c Kaul b Kuldeep Ya­dav ...................... 50 J But­tler c Dhoni b Kuldeep Ya­dav .................... 53 M Ali c Kohli b Umesh Ya­dav ............................. 24 D Wil­ley c Rahul b Kuldeep Ya­dav ....................... 1 A Rashid c Pandya b Umesh Ya­dav ................... 22 L Plun­kett run out (Raina/dhoni) ...................... 10 M Wood not out ................................................... 0 Ex­tras (lb5, w5) ................................................ 10 To­tal(all­out,49.5overs) ...................... 268 Fall of wick­ets: 1-73, 2-81, 3-82, 4-105, 5-198, 6-214, 7-216, 8-245, 9-261 Bowl­ing: U Ya­dav 9.5-0-70-2, Kaul 10-0-62-0, Cha­hal 10-0-51-1, Pandya 7-0-47-0, K Ya­dav 10-025-6, Raina 3-1-8-0 INDIA R Sharma not out ............................................ 137 S Dhawan c Rashid b Ali .................................... 40 V Kohli st But­tler b Rashid ................................ 75 KL Rahul not out .................................................. 9 Ex­tras (w8) .......................................................... 8 To­tal(2wkts,40.1overs) ...................... 269 Fall of wick­ets: 1-59, 2-226 Bowl­ing: Wood 6-0-55-0, Wil­ley 5-0-25-0, Ali 8.10-60-1, Plun­kett 6-0-31-0, Stokes 4-0-27-0, Rashid 10-0-62-1, Root 1-0-9-0 in 10 balls. “It doesn’t mat­ter to me be­cause I never bowl look­ing at who the bats­man is,” ex­plained Ya­dav.

“In my mind, I am only think­ing about how I can con­trib­ute to the team,” he added.

Ben Stokes (50) and Jos But­tler (53) pre­vented com­plete col­lapse dur­ing a fifth­wicket stand of 93 but they too fell to Ya­dav.

— Reuters

India’s Kuldeep Ya­dav cel­e­brates tak­ing the wicket of England’s David Wil­ley.

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