India has taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka with a 4-wicket win in the second ODI On Thursday. Kuldeep Yadav, became the Man of the Match as the chairman bowler ended the contest with impressive figures of 3 for 51 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
After his match-winning performance with the ball, the spin wizard decoded his game plan and strategy with fellow spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Yuzvendra Chahal congratulated Kuldeep on his landmark of taking 200 wickets in international cricket and on becoming Man of the Match in the second ODI.
‘Achha, ye nahi pta tha mjhe. Thank you so much. How do I explain this… it’s a big deal…achieving 200 wickets in international cricket…I feel proud.”
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When Chahal asked him about his favorite dismissal amongst the 3 wickets he scalped, Kuldeep Yadav said, “Shanaka’s wicket was really important as he was performing really well in the series…everybody was planning on his dismissal during the team meeting, it was definitely an important wicket. I have worked a lot on my batting…whenever I’m free I practice in the nets.”
Speaking about the evolution of his bowling approach, especially in the middle overs, the left-arm wrist-spinner revealed, “Over the years, my mindset has changed a lot… I used to focus more on my performance and taking wickets but now my aim is good length bowling. Whenever I play ODI, Test Cricket or T20 matches my focus is on quality bowling.”
Kuldeep Yadav had no hesitation in thanking his fellow wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for his advice and bowling inputs.