Indian left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav made a dream start to his Test career as he picked up four wickets in Australia’s first innings in the fourth Test at Dharamsala on Saturday.
Handed his Test cap by former Indian leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan earlier in the day, Kuldeep impressed everyone with his variations and even managed to outbowl senior spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Speaking after the end of play on day one, Kuldeep mentioned that he had learnt the flipper – which he used to dismiss David Warner – from Australian great Shane Warne.
“Did you see the first wicket? That was not a chinaman. It was a flipper which I learnt from Shane Warne. So learning from Warne and then getting his countryman out is a nice feeling,” said Kuldeep.
The 22-year-old had met Warne when the latter was in Pune for commentary during the first Test of the series.
Kuldeep, in fact, considers Warne as his idol. He added that Warne has promised to have another session with him in the near future.
“My idol is Shane Warne and I have followed him since my childhood. I only watch his videos and it was a dream-come-true when I met him,” said Kuldeep.
“I could not believe I was speaking to my idol and sharing my thoughts on bowling and what all I should be doing. I did exactly what he told me to do. He has promised that he will have another session with me in near future.”
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin broke South African pacer Dale Steyn’s record as the bowler with the most Test wickets in a single season during the fourth Test against Australia at Dharamsala.
Ashwin began the game on 78 wickets in the 2016-17 season, level with Steyn who had picked up the same amount of wickets in the 2007-08 season.
The Tamil Nadu spinner took one wicket in Australia’s first innings – an important one at that, of Australia captain Steve Smith who was batting on 111 – to go clear of Steyn at the top.
Playing in his 13th match of the home season, Ashwin has 79 wickets at an average of 25.87 and a strike-rate of 55. He has picked up seven five-wicket hauls during the same period.
Ashwin’s spin partner Ravindra Jadeja finds himself third on the same list, having taken 68 wickets so far at an average of 23.48 this season.
79 wickets for Ashwin in 2016-17 - the most by any bowler in a season, going past Dale Steyn's 78 in 2007-08. #IndvAus— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) March 25, 2017
The long home season for India began back in September 2016 with a three-match Test series against New Zealand, which the hosts won 3-0. It was followed by a series that consisted of five Tests against England, which India again won comfortably, this time by a 4-0 margin.
In February 2017, India played host to a one-off Test against Bangladesh which they won.
They are currently playing the final Test of the season against Australia, in a series which is level at 1-1 with everything to play for in Dharamsala.
Indian left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav’s impressive performance with the ball on debut saw Australia bowled out for 300 on day one of the fourth Test at Dharamsala.
The 22-year-old outshone Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, who are currently the top two ranked Test bowlers in the world, as he picked up four wickets for 68 runs.
On the other hand, Australia skipper Steve Smith continued his marvellous form with the bat – notching up his 20th Test century for the visitors.
On Twitter, India legend Sachin Tendulkar was impressed by Kuldeep’s variations and encouraged the youngster to keep going strong. Rohit Sharma, meanwhile, referred to Kuldeep as the “new mystery guy in the house”.
There was a lot of praise for Smith as well for his knock of 111.
Here, we collect all the top tweets of the day.
I am impressed with @imkuldeep18's variations and the way he has started. Keep going strong, this can be your match to shine.— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 25, 2017
What a great fight back from 🇮🇳some brilliant bowling, captaincy and fielding gets them back into this Test match.— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) March 25, 2017
India's fightback was led by a youngster who was really the 5th bowler. Very impressive from Kuldeep Yadav; especially the two he got bowled— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 25, 2017
4 years ago Rahane makes debut in 4th Test vs Australia— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) March 25, 2017
4 years later Rahane makes captaincy debut in 4th Test vs Australia #IndvAus
Centuries After 54 Tests:— Alt Cricket (@AltCricket) March 25, 2017
de Villiers: 9
STEVE SMITH: 20 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/3Irmry5Fre