Kuldeep Yadav says play for Handscomb worked like a charm

Francis Osborne
Марта 26, 2017

The 22-year-old Kanpur lad conceded that he was nervous at the start of the match but gained confidence when he was thrown the ball by stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane.

When told that Matthew Wade said it was hard to read his deliveries correctly, a smiling Kuldeep said: "Good that he said so".

With the series tied 1-1, Australia only needs a draw in Dharamsala to hold onto the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

On a day where Steven Smith yet again appeared to be batting on a different level to his team-mates, there were also timely half-centuries by David Warner - who was dropped on the first ball of the match - and Wade, in what was the first instance of either player passing 50 during the series. "So learning from Warne and then dismissing his countryman is a nice feeling", Kuldeep said at the media conference.

"It's obviously good to learn from them and use against them", quipped the Uttar Pradesh spinner who met Australian spin great Warne in Pune last month.

For Kuldeep, it was a dream come true to meet Warne and talk about the art of spin bowling.

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Going into the final Test, the hosts will be hoping to have a 100 percent fit captain Virat Kohli after the shoulder injury he suffered during the third Test in Ranchi. "He has promised that he will have another session with me in the near future".

"As he told, I kept following it". When I started, my natural action was chinaman and I had no clue that this is called chinaman or there existed an art called chinaman. They will need to learn fast or risk being spun out by Kuldeep in the second innings.

Leg spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, who handed Kuldeep the cap ahead of the match in the morning, captured 12 wickets in his first home Test - second overall, the teenager bowling India to an eight-wicket win over England at Mumbai in 1984. "I don't bowl like that but I did not want him to know what I was bowling", said Kuldeep. "It took a few balls to get used to it", Wade added.

"He bowled a lot of leg-spinners with scrambled seam, his wrong'un with the scramble seam as well".

India would be made to face just one Josh Hazlewood over before stumps ending on 0/0 after the quick bowled a maiden. Apart from Smith and Warner, Matthew Wade, the Australian wicket-keeper, was the only batsman in the top seven to make double figures after scoring an invaluable 57 to help Australia reach a somewhat respectful total of 300.

"But once you stayed out there for a little while, you got a read on him".

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