The opening Test of the two-match series between India and Bangladesh saw the best of Kuldeep Yadav who returned after a long hiatus of 18 months. The Chinaman bowler has been in and out of the team lately, but whenever he has been included in the playing XI for the game in Chattogram, he left a deep impact with both bat and ball.
After playing a valuable 40-run knock, Kuldeep Yadav gave no chance to settle into the Bangladesh batting order in the final session of the second day. He scalped four wickets for just 33 runs before stumps and returned stronger on Friday to register his best bowling figures in Test cricket. The southpaw finished the innings with a spell of 5/40 in 16 overs, bagging the 3rd five-wicket haul of his Test career.
Kuldeep Yadav dismissed tailender Ebadot Hussain in the first session of day 3 to complete his 5-for. India bowled out Bangladesh for 150 in their first innings, taking a massive 254-run lead on day 3. After wrapping up Bangladesh’s innings within 45 minutes of day three, India chose not to enforce the follow-on and the visitors came out to bat again, which became evident when captain KL Rahul started sprinting back once Bangladesh’s last wicket fell.
Resuming from 133/8, Ebadot Hossain and Mehidy Hasan Miraz hit a boundary each off Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav. India got the 9th wicket in Kuldeep’s next over when he got one to spin past Ebadot’s flick and took the faint edge behind to Rishabh Pant, who completed a sharp catch down the leg.
Ebadot’s dismissal gave Kuldeep his third five-wicket haul in Test cricket and made him the first Indian cricketer to take a fifer at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Seven overs later, Axar Patel got the wicket of Mehidy as Rishabh Pant did a phenomenal stumping.
The netizens were elated to see Kuldeep flourish on his Test return. Here’s how they reacted:
5️⃣ wickets for Kuldeep Yadav! 👏
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) December 16, 2022
— Vikram Sathaye (@vikramsathaye) December 16, 2022
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) December 16, 2022
— Ratnesh Yadav (@Ratnesh02339601) December 16, 2022
Another clinical performance from left-arm 'Chinaman'👌😎
Shakib Al Hasan☝
— Real11 (@Real11official) December 16, 2022
— ICC (@ICC) December 16, 2022
The rise of Kuldeep Yadav in test cricket is amazing. #indvsbang
— Flick of Wrist (@flickk_of_Wrist) December 16, 2022
— ΝΘᏴᏆͲᎪ🇮🇳🚩❣️💯 (@NTH82873844) December 16, 2022
— Ashutosh Srivastava (@kingashu1008) December 16, 2022
— Imran Sekh (@myselfimran4516) December 16, 2022
The star of Indian first innings: Kuldeep Yadav with 40 runs & 5 wickets.
— cricket_katta🏏 (@cricket_katta11) December 16, 2022
— Shivani AU (@ShivaniAU9) December 16, 2022
— Arav Choudhary (@iaravchoudhary) December 16, 2022