- India started off the ODI series against England with an impressive 8-wicket win
- The star of the show was Kuldeep Yadav, who picked up 6 wickets for 25 runs in his 10 overs
- His figures of 6 for 25 were the fourth best by an Indian bowler in ODI’s and the best ever by a left-arm spinner in the 50-over format
After winning the T20I series 2-1, India started off the 3-match ODI series against England with a hugely impressive win. The 1st ODI which took place at Trent Bridge in Nottingham saw what was probably among the best bowling performances by an Indian bowler on foreign soil.
Kuldeep Yadav showing no signs of slowing down
After picking up 5 wickets in 2 T20I matches against England, Kuldeep Yadav started the 50-over series with a bang as well, picking up 6 of for 25 in his 10 overs. When the 23-year-old came on to bowl after the end of 10th over, England was in firm control of the match and had managed to score over 7 runs an over in their first 10 overs.
However, their joy was short-lived as Kuldeep Yadav picked up his 1st wicket in his very first over, halting England’s charge and pegging them to some extent. The Kolkata Knight Riders then went on to pick the first 3 wickets of the English innings, before taking the crucial wickets of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, both of whom could have been extremely dangerous for India with just over 60 deliveries left to play.
Kuldeep finished his spell by dismissing the big-hitting David Willey on the last ball of his 10th and final over of the spell. In latest cricket news live, we look at 5 records that Kuldeep Yadav broke during the 1st ODI while picking up 6 wickets for just 25 runs.
23-year-old Kuldeep writes his name in the record book after a brilliant spell
Kuldeep Yadav’s figure of 6 for 25 was the best figures by a left-arm spinner in ODI’s previous record was held by compatriot Murali Karthik, who had picked 6 wickets for 27 runs against Australia in Mumbai back in 2007.
6/25 is also India’s 4th best bowling performance by an Indian bowler in One Day Internationals. He follows Stuart Binny’s record of 6/4, Anil Kumble’s 6/12 and Ashish Nehra’s 6/23 which he famously took against England in 2003 World Cup.
This was Kuldeep Yadav’s first ODI on English soil but the youngster hardly showed any nerves and was in the centre of the spotlight as soon as he came on to bowl. Not many English players who have imagined the havoc Kuldeep was going to cause them on this tour.
However, with a wicket in his 1st over, 2 in his last and 3 during the middle overs, Kuldeep Yadav managed to record the best ever bowling figures by a spinner in England. He broke Shahid Afridi’s record of 5 for 11 against Kenya in 2004 and Muralitharan’s 5 for 34 at Lord’s in 1998. He also became the youngest left-arm spinner to pick up 6 wickets in a 50 over match.
After picking up 11 wickets in his first 3 matches on this English tour, there is no doubt that Kuldeep’s confidence will be sky high going into the next 2 ODI’s and after his brilliant 5-wicket haul in the T20I in Manchester and a 6-wicket haul yesterday, there are growing calls for him to be picked up even in the test team which starts next month.
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