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World reacts to India’s emphatic victory against England

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.

Harsha Bhogle

@bhogleharsha

The magic of wrist spin again. Such fun watching young Kuldeep. He might just be bowling himself into the test team……

Sachin Tendulkar – Indian batting legend

Sachin praises Rahul’s class

Sachin Tendulkar

@sachin_rt

Special touch from @klrahul11. Making batting look very easy. A combination of great balance and good temperament.

Michael Vaughan – England batsmen

Vaughan commends Kuldeep’s performance

Michael Vaughan

@MichaelVaughan

Kuldeep Yadav is causing absolutely chaos ……. The Indians are a little bit better than the Aussies …….

VVS Laxman – Indian batsman and commentator

VVS congratulates the Indian team on their special performance

VVS Laxman

@VVSLaxman281

What a wonderful start to the England series for India. An outstanding spell of wrist spin bowling from @imkuldeep18 , followed by a brilliant hundred from @klrahul11 . Well begun @BCCI

Annesha Ghosh – writes for ESPNCRICINFO

Yadavs at their best

Annesha Ghosh@ghosh_annesha

should have been trending by now.

Sandipan Banerjee – freelance cricket journalist

Kuldeep in tests is a must says Sandipan Banerjee

Sandipan Banerjee@im_sandipan

It will be a mistake by the selectors if Kuldeep doesn’t get to bowl with the red ball in this English Summer.

Gaurav Kalra – sports editor

Rahul’s pacy innings is appreciated by English football fans.

Gaurav Kalra

@gauravkalra75

Rahul is doing his best to ensure England’s players can get to watching the football soon

Gaurav Kapur – sports anchor

Gaurav appreciates KL with the famous Bollywood dialogue

Gaurav Kapur

@gauravkapur

Rahul … naam toh suna hoga😎 @klrahul11

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