Slow left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav admitted that the delivery he bowled to send Pakistan ace batter Babar Azam back to pavilion during their World Cup fixture was a “dream” one.
The 24-year-old scalped two crucial wickets of Babar Azam (48) and Fakhar Zaman (62), giving just 32 runs in his nine overs. At one point, Azam and Zaman were taking the match away from India by stitching a 104-run partnership but the chinaman ensured India of no worries. Hence, India thrashed Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS method) in a match that was marred by rain at the Old Trafford on Sunday.
Bowled at 78kmph, Yadav’s ball was pitched well outside off stump, nipped back sharply with the drift taking it away to hit the middle-leg stump and ended the innings of Babar.
“Getting Babar Azam out was the best delivery for me in this tournament. I got him out in the Asia Cup as well,” Yadav told reporters after the match. “After the rain break, I went back and watched that delivery. It had drift and turn, so any spinner will love that delivery.
“It’s a proper dream delivery and a proper Test delivery. Deceiving the batsman in the air and making him commit the mistake. A perfect delivery,” he added.
Yadav, who has not had a good Indian Premier League this year, seems to be gaining back his rhythm.
Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli was all praise for his teammate. Kohli said, “Kuldeep Yadav was brilliant. Those guys were only trying to play him out. A longer spell helped in that situation and he was getting into rhythm. They were thinking that he would go out of the attack sooner rather than later.”
“That ball to dismiss Babar was just outstanding with the drift, the turn and just beating the batsman batting so well. This is the best he has been bowling since coming to England and, — him confident with Chahal — is going to be an important factor for us in the tournament,” he added.