Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been in remarkable form in the realm of white-ball cricket, showcasing his excellence in the ongoing Asia Cup. He has emerged as a pivotal figure in his team’s success, delivering consecutive match-winning performances. These victories not only contributed to India’s consecutive wins but also marked a significant milestone in Yadav’s illustrious career.
Kuldeep dismantles Pakistan
In the Asia Cup Super-4 clash against arch-rivals Pakistan, Kuldeep spun a web of destruction around their batters. After India’s batters amassed a colossal total of 356/2, Kuldeep returned remarkable figures of 5/25 in his eight overs. He dismissed key Pakistani batters, including Fakhar Zaman, Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf, earning his second five-wicket haul in ODI cricket. Thanks to his brilliance with the ball, Pakistan was bundled out for a mere 128 in just 32 overs.
Kuldeep shines against Sri Lanka
Kuldeep’s outstanding performance carried on in the following game against Sri Lanka, where he once again showcased his talent by claiming four wickets for 43 runs. His crucial role in defending India’s modest total of 213 runs ultimately led the team to secure a place in the final of the Asia Cup 2023.
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Milestone of 150 ODI Wickets: Fastest Indian Spinner
This remarkable collection of wickets not only led to victories for India but also signified a momentous accomplishment for the spinner. Kuldeep achieved the milestone of 150 wickets in One Day Internationals (ODIs) in a mere 88 matches, establishing himself as the fastest Indian spinner to reach this feat. In doing so, the 28-year-old surpassed the legendary Anil Kumble, who took 150 wickets in 106 games.
Leading Wicket-Taker for India in 2023
Kuldeep’s remarkable achievement has solidified his position as a force to be reckoned with in the cricketing world. The Kanpur-born cricketer invaluable contributions have played a pivotal role in India’s success in the ongoing Asia Cup. Notably, he currently holds the prestigious title of being India’s leading wicket-taker in men’s ODIs for 2023, amassing an impressive tally of 31 wickets.
Chasing ODI Records in 2023
Furthermore, Kuldeep stands as the joint-second-leading wicket-taker in ODIs for the year 2023, alongside Karan Chettri of Nepal, with both bowlers having secured 31 wickets to their credit. It’s important to highlight that Kuldeep achieved this feat while playing six games less than Sandeep Lamichhane of Nepal, who tops the charts with an astonishing 43 wickets in 21 games.
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