India began their English campaign with a convincing 8-wicket victory, gaining a 1–0 lead in the three-match T20I series. Kuldeep Yadav bamboozled the English batsmen with his wrong ‘uns and in the process became the first left-arm chinaman bowler to bag a 5-wicket haul in T20I. KL Rahul continued his domination with the bat. His spectacle of an innings included majestic drives, long-hop sixes and beautifully timed flicks as he brought up his second century in T20I.
An upbeat and satisfied Kuldeep Yadav, awarded the Man of the Match said, “It is my first tour of England and things are going really well. The conditions are perfect, felt like home. The wicket was dry and that’s why I stuck to my line and length. It’s important that when you bowl a wrong ‘unit has to be in the perfect area. Obviously, when you have two legends (Kohli and Dhoni) you need to take all the advice you can. Things are going well and hopefully; I’d like to take it into the next match.”
Indian skipper Virat Kohli was all praise for his countrymen: “Umesh was superb with the new ball as well. Kuldeep is a wrist spinner, he’s going to be lethal with any help from the pitch. It was his one over that turned it for us because England was taking it away before that. He’s very difficult to pick and his wrong ‘un hasn’t been easy and I hope he can keep working on it.
Rahul has come a long way; especially the way he’s been batting since the IPL and in that one game in Ireland – so clean and crisp. We want guys like him to step up. We don’t want to be one-dimensional, we want people going up and down the order. He’s got a great technique, great temperament and is very hungry and today he was a bit emotional because the last century he scored was against England in Chennai and it’s been that long he’s been waiting for. It was a great century and a great sign for Indian cricket.”
Eoin Morgan, the losing captain, credited India for their success: “I think thoroughly deserved for India. The best part of the game was when Jos Buttler and Jason Roy got off to a fantastic start, but they pulled it back superbly. Three wickets in the middle set us back and we never really gained momentum back from there. And then when a guy like KL Rahul gets going, he’s difficult to stop. Kuldeep is a terrific bowler, we knew he’d be a big threat coming into the series. It is something we need to assess and get back in the next game.”
Reactions from the cricketing fraternity to India’s win:
Harsha Bhogle – commentator
Harsha bats for Kuldeep’s inclusion in tests.
Sachin Tendulkar – Indian batting legend
Sachin praises Rahul’s class
Michael Vaughan – England batsmen
Vaughan commends Kuldeep’s performance
VVS Laxman – Indian batsman and commentator
VVS congratulates the Indian team on their special performance
Annesha Ghosh – writes for ESPNCRICINFO
Yadavs at their best
Sandipan Banerjee – freelance cricket journalist
Kuldeep in tests is a must says Sandipan Banerjee
Gaurav Kalra – sports editor
Rahul’s pacy innings is appreciated by English football fans.
Gaurav Kapur – sports anchor
Gaurav appreciates KL with the famous Bollywood dialogue