India’s Kuldeep Yadav said Wednesday he felt both excited and nervous before the final Test against Sri Lanka as the left-arm wrist spinner prepared to fill in for suspended star bowler Ravindra Jadeja.
Yadav is expected to make the starting XI in the Test at Pallekele starting Saturday in place of Jadeja, who was handed a one-match ban for dangerous play in India’s last Test against Sri Lanka.
The 22-year-old spinner made an impressive Test debut against Australia in India in March before going on to claim eight wickets in five one-day international appearances between June and July against the West Indies.
“If I get a chance to play in Sri Lanka I will be very happy because I have been working hard and this will be a result of that. So obviously excited,” Yadav told reporters.
“But also there is nervousness that I should be able to perform.”
Yadav joined the squad for the three-Test series in Sri Lanka, but the presence of world-number one Test bowler Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin denied him a slot in the starting lineup.
Despite being overshadowed, the Kanpur-born player said exposure to these two star spinners had served him well.
“Definitely you will have to wait for your chance if the number-one and number-two spinners are in the same squad as you,” said Yadav.
“It is good that I have worked with them and I have been in the team with them for last 6-7 months… I try to stay with them mostly and keep talking to them and they help me a lot.”
Yadav, one of the few left-arm unorthodox spinners alongside Sri Lanka’s Lakshan Sandakan and South African Tabraiz Shamsi, said the style was gaining in popularity.
“When I started there were hardly any,” he said, adding cricket academies were honing more unorthodox bowlers.
“It is a happy feeling that people have recognised this skill.”
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With Sunday’s innings victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo, Virat Kohli continued his impressive start to the India captaincy by winning his sixth away Test in twice as many matches.
Success overseas has generally been the barometer of judging any Indian cricket captain’s tenure as the team has traditionally been strong at home.
We take a look at the top five Test captains for India in foreign conditions with a minimum of five victories in their overall tenure.
Matches – 28
Won – 11
Loss – 10
Draw – 7
Win Rate – 39.28%
With 11 away victories to his credit, Ganguly remains the most successful overseas Test skipper for India. He is the man credited with changing the side’s approach to away Tests after India had long been tagged as notoriously poor travellers.
Ganguly’s men won solitary Tests in Australia, England, Pakistan, West Indies and Sri Lanka while the remaining six of their victories have come against the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
The southpaw’s victories against the formidable Aussies and England gave a new belief to the Indians that they could succeed in the swinging and seaming tracks.
Matches – 12
Won – 6
Loss – 2
Draw – 4
Win Rate – 50%
Sri Lanka remains a favourite hunting spot for Kohli as evident by four of his six away victories coming against the islanders. The run started in India’s 2015 tour of Sri Lanka where they won a Test series for the first time in 22 years. Kohli’s men won the three-match series 2-1.
Since then the Indian skipper has won a further two Test against the West Indies in 2016 before returning to Sri Lanka for the current tour.
While Kohli’s Test captaincy began in a tour of Australia at the end of 2014, he is yet to lead his side in England, South Africa and New Zealand among others. With age on his side, he still has a lot of time to catch up to Ganguly.
Matches – 30
Won – 6
Loss – 15
Draw – 9
Win Rate – 20%
While the Ranchi maverick remains the second most successful captain in India’s Test history, he has a bit of a mixed record when it comes to overseas conditions.
Dhoni’s men won a historic series in New Zealand in 2009 and held their own in a 1-1 drawn series against South Africa in 2010.
Apart from another away victory over Bangladesh, the World Cup winning captain had a torrid time leading against the likes of England and Australia in the latter half of tenure. He oversaw his side’s 11 losses in 14 matches against the two nations, managing only a solitary victory against England in 2014.
Matches – 17
Won – 5
Loss – 4
Draw – 8
Win Rate – 29.41%
The former middle-order stalwart of India did not have a long tenure alike Dhoni and Ganguly but his limited time at the squad’s helm was a fairly successful one.
Having taken over the captaincy from Ganguly, Dravid’s time was defined with an away Test series victory in Pakistan in his first overseas assignment.
The lowest point of Dravid’s captaincy was a 3-1 loss to the West Indies in 2005. The man famously nicknamed the ‘Wall’ has away Test victories over the likes of England, South Africa and Sri Lanka in his kitty.
Matches – 11
Won – 3
Loss – 6
Draw – 2
Win Rate – 18.18%
The Amritsar-born Bedi had a four-year stint with the national team captaincy from 1975 to 1979.
The leg-spinner took over the reigns from the legendary Sunil Gavaskar and his tenure featured away tours to New Zealand, West Indies, Australia and arch-rivals Pakistan.
India ran the mighty West Indies close but lost 2-1 in a four-match series. It was the Australian Tour down under in 1977 that Bedi earned his stripes. In a five-match series, his men famously won a couple of Tests but went down 3-2 eventually.
His three away Test victories as the national skipper gives him the final spot in the list above the likes of Mohammad Azharuddin, Kapil Dev and Gavaskar.
Ravindra Jadeja will miss India’s third and final Test against Sri Lanka after being slapped Sunday with a one-match ban by cricket’s governing body for dangerous play.
The left-arm spinner was reprimanded for a dangerous throw in the second Test in Colombo. His all-round performance was credited by skipper Virat Kohli with leading the visitors to a series victory.
Jadeja was also docked half his match fee and given six demerit points by the International Cricket Council over the incident, the second for the world’s top-Test bowler in a year.
He fell foul of the umpires after the final delivery of the 58th over when, fielding off his own bowling, Jadeja threw the ball back at batsman Dimuth Karunaratne, who had not left his crease.
The ball narrowly missed him in a manner which the on-field umpires determined as “dangerous”, the ICC said in a release.
Jadeja took five wickets to help dismiss Sri Lanka for 386 as India triumphed by an innings and 53 runs. He will not play in the final match at Pallekele starting August 12.
It was his second offence in a year, after copping a fine last October for running on the pitch during the Nagpur Test against New Zealand.
Jadeja, who received the man of the match award for his bowling and unbeaten 70, admitted the latest offence and accepted the sanction proposed by West Indian match referee Richie Richardson.