Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav is included in the playing XI for the second One-Day International match of the three-match series at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on Thursday, January 12. Kuldeep replaced Yuzvendra Chahal, who was unavailable for selection due to a sore right shoulder.
Skipper Rohit Sharma picked leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal as the primary spinner in the first ODI at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Tuesday, January 10, despite Kuldeep being part of the playing XI in the third and final ODI against Bangladesh.
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After being put to bat, the Men in Blue set a huge target of 374 runs for Sri Lanka to win. The bowlers then restricted the Dasun Shanaka-led side to 306/8 and won the match by 67 runs, taking a 1-0 lead in the series. The spin duo of Axar Patel and Chahal picked up only one wicket between them and conceded 58 runs each.
The chinaman spinner won Player of the Match in the first Test of the tour of Bangladesh for his eight wickets with the ball and crucial 40 runs with the bat. Notably, he was dropped from the playing XI for the second Test. He wasn’t named in the 15-member squad for the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka at home, which India won by a 2-1 margin under Hardik Pandya’s captaincy.
The 28-year-old has represented India in 73 ODI matches and has picked up 119 wickets with an average of 28.29 at an economy rate of 5.20. However, he didn’t get many chances in the last three years and took only 20 wickets in 17 matches.
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Watch: Twitter Reacts After Kuldeep Yadav’s Inclusion In Playing XI
Kuldeep Yadav replaces Yuzi Chahal in the X1.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 12, 2023
Y Chahal put in a dive in the last game and didn’t pull up well, Kuldeep Yadav comes in for him: Rohit Sharma
Expected Kuldeep to play so let’s see how it goes.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 12, 2023
Kuldeep Yadav has replaced Yuzvendra Chahal.
India bowling first!
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 12, 2023
Kuldeep Yadav finally returns. @Profdilipmandal Happy sir?
— Avinash Aryan (@AvinashArya09) January 12, 2023
Justice for kuldeep yadav
And best decision to drop chahal imo
— Aryan Sah (@AryanSah03) January 12, 2023
— Ankit Bisht (@ankit99bisht) January 12, 2023
Left arm unorthodox Kuldeep Yadav in for Right arm unorthodox Yuzi Chahal for India.
— Asadǂ⃝⃝⃝⃝ 🏏 (@TuadaSultan) January 12, 2023
Kuldeep Yadav replaces Yuzi Chahal in India’s XI.
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) January 12, 2023
Minimum 3 wickets for Kuldeep yadav in this match still dropped in next match 🥲
— मयंक (@MayankS40746347) January 12, 2023
— Akhil Gupta 🏏 (@Guptastats92) January 12, 2023
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