Nottingham: Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav bamboozled England batsmen with a mesmerizing spell before Rohit Sharma’s sublime century saw India cruise to a eight-wicket victory in the first ODI here on Thursday. Kuldeep’s career-best figures of 6 for 25 allowed England to only score a modest 268 on good batting conditions.
The chase was a stroll in the park for as the runs were knocked off in only 40.1 overs courtesy Rohit’s (137 no off 114 balls). It was the opener’s 18th ODI hundred, which was beautifully complemented by skipper Virat Kohli (75, 82 balls) as he struck his first 50 plus score of the tour. The Kohli-Rohit duo added 177 runs in 25.1 overs to seal the issue.
As clinical as it can be. We knew it was a really good wicket but wrist spin in the middle overs would be tricky. Kuldeep was outstanding, I don’t think I’ve seen a better ODI spell in a while. We want him confident because we know he can be a matchwinner. Virat Kohli
A brilliant spell without conceding a boundary
Once Kohli opted to field, the English script unfolded very much on similar lines with the T20 series, where things went downhill as soon as Kuldeep was introduced into the attack.
None of the England batsmen were able to read him and a testimony to that was his brilliant figures of 10-0-25-6, the best ever by any chinaman bowler in the history of ODIs.
He bowled an astounding 38 dot balls and not once was he hit for a boundary. This was Kuldeep’s first five-for in ODIs after he had recently achieved the same feat in T20Is during the Manchester encounter.
For me it’s a big day. I started pretty well, luckily I got some early wickets. For me it doesn’t matter where I’m playing. There was a little bit of turn. After the first over I felt in the game. If you are using your variations it’s more difficult for the batsmen. I’m hoping for the Test squad, let’s see. Kuldeep Yadav
6/25 by Kuldeep Yadav is now the best figures by a left arm wrist spinner in ODI cricket. Previous best Brad Hogg 5/32 vs West Indies at MCG in January 2005. The figures are also the best by an Indian spinner outside India. Kuldeep’s figures are also the best by a spinner against England and in England.
Brief scores: England 268 all out in 49.5 overs (Stokes 50, Buttler 53; Kuldeep 6/25) lost to India 269/2 in 40.1 overs (Rohit 137 not out, Kohli 75) by 8 wickets.