Kuldeep Yadav had a memorable outing on his return to the red-ball squad as he made his presence felt on Day 2 of the ongoing first Test against Bangladesh at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
Kuldeep first impressed one and all with his brilliant batting and then showed his class with the ball, destroying the Bangladesh batting unit. The Chinaman picked up four wickets while conceding only 33 runs in his 10 overs. Apart from Kuldeep, Mohammed Siraj also sizzled with the ball, taking three wickets for 14 runs in 9 overs as Bangladesh were 133/8 and trailing by 271 runs at stumps on Day 2.
Earlier in the day, India began with their overnight score of 278/6 but lost Shreyas Iyer for 86 in the opening session. Then Kuldeep and Ravichandran Ashwin stitched a 92-run partnership for the eighth wicket, which drove India close to 400. Ashwin fell for 58, and soon after his dismissal, Taijul Islam dismissed Kuldeep for a well-made 40. Umesh Yadav then smashed two gigantic sixes during his unbeaten knock of 15 and took India to 404 in their first innings.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Something exciting about seeing a spinner who looks like taking a wicket with every ball he bowls. Kuldeep Yadav is in excellent rhythm
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 15, 2022
Always feels good to see Kuldeep Yadav taking wickets. Some old school bowling.
Happy for him.
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) December 15, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) December 15, 2022
Fun fact: Kuldeep Yadav was the highest wicket-taker AND run-getter for Uttar Pradesh in Ranji Trophy 2016/17
The batting potential is very much there, need to maximise it.
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) December 15, 2022
Kuldeep Yadav has dealt with the spinners better than a few of the specialist batsmen #INDvsBAN
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) December 15, 2022
Kuldeep Yadav goes for 40 in 114 balls – a quality innings by Kuldeep, playing a Test match after a very long time. The partnership between him and Ravi Ashwin was class. pic.twitter.com/8PInYvCpqn
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 15, 2022
India continues their dominance in the first Test led by Kuldeep Yadav on Day 2 with 40 runs & 4 wickets.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 15, 2022
— ICC (@ICC) December 15, 2022
Kuldeep Yadav got a 5-wkt haul in 2019 in Sydney.
His next Test came more than 2 yrs later & he bowled just 12 overs in 2 inns in 2021.
Again, it took him almost 2 yrs to play his next Test, & has already got 4 wkts vs Ban.
Just 3 Tests in a span of 4yrs for @imkuldeep18
— Rahul Rawat (@rawatrahul9) December 15, 2022
Kl Rahul + Virat Kohli = 23 Runs
Kuldeep Yadav = 40 Runs
— Vaibhav Bhola 🇮🇳 (@VibhuBhola) December 15, 2022
STUMPS, DAY 2️⃣
Kuldeep (4/33) weaved his magic alongside Siraj (3/14) to reduce 🇧🇩 to 133/8 at the end of the day's play 🤩
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) December 15, 2022