The Indian wrist-spinner, Kuldeep Yadav has said that he shares a good bowling partnership with Yuzvendra Chahal as both of them were seen bowling in tandem against Sri Lanka. Shikhar Dhawan (86*) and Ishan Kishan (59) were the star performers with the bat as India defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the first ODI at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday. With this win, India has gained a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The second ODI will be played on Tuesday.
Talking about the same during teh post-match press conference, as per the quotes in ANI, Kuldeep Yadav said, “Very happy that after a long time Chahal and I got to play together for the team. We are comfortable with each other and we back each other. We both share inputs on the field whenever it is required, the bonding is nice between us both.”
He further added, “We performed well together, we played after a long time and it orders well for the side. I was trying to vary my pace as the wicket was dry in the first innings. The wicket offered some assistance for the spinners, I was varying my pace depending on the batsmen. Very happy with the way team performed in this match.”
Earlier, India kept on taking wickets at regular intervals, but Chamika Karunaratne played a flamboyant knock of 43 runs that helped Sri Lanka post 262/9. For India, Kuldeep, Chahal, and Deepak Chahar returned with two wickets each.
Talking about the same, Kuldeep said, “Rahul Sir backed me and he motivated me. We talked a lot and he told me to enjoy my bowling and not worry about the result. Obviously, you are nervous when you play cricket after a long time, the way the team performed, I am very happy with it. We are lucky that we are getting to play cricket. It’s sport at the end of the day, someone gets the chance and someone doesn’t.”
When asked whether he thought his white-ball career has come to an end after witnessing a forgettable outcome during the series against England, Kuldeep said: “You never think like that. There can be times when you go for runs and there are times when you take wickets. Many times, I have taken 4-5 wickets in the match, it would be nice if people talk about that. One-two bad games don’t end up in your career is finished.”