Aakash Chopra Praises Kuldeep Yadav’s Performance In The 1st Test
By SMCS - Dec 16, 2022 2:25 pm
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Former India opener Aakash Chopra selected Kuldeep Yadav as his Player of the Day for his all-round performance on the second day of the first Test of Team India against Bangladesh as well. Yadav first scored 40 runs in Chattogram on Thursday, December 15, and helped India post a 404-run total in their first innings, then registered a spell of 4/33 as Bangladesh could only manage 133/8 on the day before getting all out for 150 as well. Meanwhile, Yadav picked up another five-wicket haul, finishing the spell with 5 for 40 in his 16 overs as well.

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav bowled a phenomenal spell

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said: “There were chances for India to stumble slightly because Axar had already gotten out, and Kuldeep Yadav had to join Ashwin. The way he (Yadav) batted, he said you can bowl bouncers to Shreyas Iyer but I don’t have any such problem. He scored 40 runs and has already picked up four wickets. So the Player of the Day is Kuldeep Yadav.”

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He again shared: “To play 114 balls, it is not a surface where you feel a wicket might fall off every ball, it is not that difficult to bat on, but it is not that straightforward as well. You need to apply yourself. You need to forget the previous delivery, that the ball turned and you got beaten, but you are not going to play a bad shot. When a bouncer comes, sometimes close to the body, you play it away softly, but you don’t accept defeat. So the 40 runs he scored, I thought that was incredible, in fact they were game-changing.”

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav batted beautifully

However, Kuldeep Yadav again added a 92-run eighth-wicket stand with the veteran spinner R Ashwin, where the latter hit 58 runs, with two fours and two sixes as well.

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“This was not where it ended. In bowling, you expect that Ashwin will roll his arm over and pick up wickets but he hasn’t picked up even one wicket till now. Kuldeep Yadav has picked up four wickets,” Aakash Chopra signed off.