"Don't pick many wicket, Odds Of Being Dropped Really High"- Ex-IND pacer takes a dig at Indian thinktank after Kuldeep picks 3 wickets vs SL
After finally getting his chance in the playing XI, Kuldeep Yadav has lived up to the expectations and did well in the second ODI game at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. He, along with pacer Mohammed Siraj, broke the bones of Sri Lankan batting and dismissed the visitors for a below-par total.
Sri Lanka got all out for 215 in 39.4 overs, with both Kuldeep and Siraj picking up three wickets each. Notably, Kuldeep was sidelined since he won "Man of the Match" in the first test against Bangladesh in December.
He was dropped from the very second game. And today, he made it to the lineup after Yuzi Chahal had a "sore right shoulder," or else he would have been sitting on the bench only. The wrist spinner took 3/51 in their 10 overs and took the important wickets of Kusal Mendis (34), Asalanka (15), and skipper Dasun Shanaka (2).
However, after his 3/51 in the second game, former Indian pacer Dodda Ganesh took to Twitter and took a dig at the Indian management in a sarcastic way. He tweeted, "Kuldeep, enough man. Don't pick so many wickets. With 3 wkts already the odds of u being dropped for the next match are really high #DoddaMathu #CricketTwitter #INDvSL."
— Dodda Ganesh | ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ್ (@doddaganesha) January 12, 2023
Kuldeep triggered the Sri Lankan collapse in the middle. The visitors lost the last nine wickets for 113 runs while losing the last five wickets in a span of 43 balls. Umran Malik also picked up two wickets in the innings.
For the visitors, debutant Nuwanidu Fernando scored his maiden half-century. He made 50 runs off 63 balls, including six boundaries. He came as a replacement for Pathum Nissanka, who missed the game due to a stiff back. India needs this win to win the series. The third and final ODI is to be played on Sunday in Trivandrum.