IRE vs IND 2018: Glad to have started off my first UK tour well, says Kuldeep Yadav

Kuldeep bowled beautifully in the first T20I at Malahide and returned with figures of 4/21.

Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal made Ireland batsmen look clueless against spin. (Twitter)

Indian left-arm wrist spinner, Kuldeep Yadav is delighted to have started off his first trip to the United Kingdom on a good note, after the youngster picked up 4 wickets for just 21 runs his quota against Ireland in the first T20 International on Wednesday, 27th June. Kuldeep's ability to drift the ball in the air did all the talking, as his performance completed a comprehensive 76 run win for Virat Kohli's men. 

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Kuldeep said, “This is my first trip to UK and it has started well. I think the wicket was good to bat on and it was turning a little bit. We bowled variations and tried to bowl in the right areas. Me and Chahal talk a lot when we bowl. First Chahal bowled and he told me that pitch is little slow. If we use variations nicely it will be difficult for England too.”

The Indian Captain Virat Kohli too, is happy to start off the long tour on with a win. He said, “Opening combination was excellent. The last over bowled by Ireland was terrific. Great effort by Rohit and Shikhar to put us in the good position. And good strikes from MS, Raina and Pandya in the end. Bowlers did a clinical job too.”

“We have already announced that apart from the opening combination we are going to do a lot of experiments in the middle order. We are going to be flexible in the next few T-20 matches. It presents the opportunity for the batsmen who don’t get the opportunity to bat. The guys who don’t get a chance too will get an opportunity in the next match. The guys are fine with this decision.”

Ireland Captain Gary Wilson also shared his thoughts on the game, where the gap between the no.3 ranked T20 side in the world and no.17th was exposed. Stating the need to comeback and put up a better performance across all departments on Friday, Wilson said, “They are a world class side and their top-2 played beautifully. I did not expect it to spin as it did in the second innings. We could have bowled spinners in the powerplay. We are going to have a chat to tackle their spinners.”

(Inputs from Indian Express)


By Kashish Chadha - 28 Jun, 2018

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