‘I am ex­pect­ing a Test call’

Wrist spin­ner Kuldeep con­fi­dent of be­ing part of In­dia’s Test se­ries af­ter his 6-25 de­stroyed Eng­land in 1st ODI

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Kuldeep Ya­dav has be­come a big mys­tery for the Eng­land bats­men. When­ever the con­di­tions suit the chi­na­man bowler, he has un­done the famed bat­ting line-up much to the em­bar­rass­ment to the No. 1 ODI team.

With an im­pres­sive per­for­mance in the first ODI at Trent Bridge (6-25), and be­fore that with a five-wicket haul in T20I match at Manch­ester, he has be­come a vi­tal cog in the In­dian bowl­ing at­tack. With a long sum­mer ahead for In­dia in the UK, one can ex­pect the left-arm wrist spin­ner to re­alise his full po­ten­tial and keep trou­bling the Eng­land bats­men.

His in­clu­sion in the Test team is now a fore­gone con­clu­sion. “Yes, I am ex­pect­ing a Test call,” said Kuldeep af­ter his match-win­ning per­for­mance. “What­ever the for­mat, it is im­por­tant for me to bowl well and keep the pres­sure on the Eng­land bats­men,” he added

For­mer Aus­tralia spin­ner Brad Hogg, who was a suc­cess­ful chi­na­man bowler him­self, be­lieves that Kuldeep should be a part of In­dia’s Test squad. “Kuldeep pro­vides the much­needed va­ri­ety to the In­dian spin at­tack and I would def­i­nitely have him in the Test squad,” Hogg told a news agency.

“I feel Kuldeep at­tacks the stumps a lot more and his quick-arm ac­tion does bam­boo­zle the op­po­si­tion. Hav­ing said that, I would like to see him bowl a lot quicker when he sees the bats­men step out and at­tack him. It will not al­low the bats­men to play the power-strokes,” the Aussie added.

In fact, the home team may have to re­think the types of pitches they would like for the re­main­der of the In­dia se­ries, es­pe­cially with the red ball. They would surely want to blunt the spin fac­tor by pro­vid­ing grassy pitches. But more im­por­tantly, their bats­men will re­quire to tackle their own demons when up against Kuldeep. If they al­low him to dom­i­nate they will al­ways be on the back foot.

The sec­ond ODI at Lord’s to­day will an­swer a few ques­tions re­gard­ing Kuldeep’s abil­ity to bowl as well on smaller grounds and Eng­land bats­men’s ca­pa­bil­ity in tack­ing him. If the con­di­tions re­main hot and dry, Kuldeep could well be­come a big fac­tor in the re­main­ing part of the tour as well.


Kuldeep Ya­dav ap­plauds dur­ing the first ODI against Eng­land at Trent Bridge on Thurs­day.

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