"Management takes the call"- Umesh Yadav's opens up on Kuldeep Yadav's exclusion from playing XI
After thrashing Bangladesh by 188 runs in the first test at Chattogram, the KL Rahul-led team has taken advantage after the end of the first day of the second test. The second and final test between India and Bangladesh is underway at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka.
It started when Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan decided to bat first after winning the toss. There were some notable changes in both teams' starting XI. For the hosts, they brought back Mominul Haque and Taskin Ahmed to the team, while India made a huge change.
The visitors dropped the star performer of the first game, Kuldeep Yadav, who ended up winning "Man of the Match" for his all-round performance in the first game. The 28-year-old picked up 5 for 40 and 3/73 in two innings and scored 40 runs in the first inning for India.
Team India replaced the spinner with veteran Jaydev Unadkat in the team. That decision didn't go over well with many former cricketers and fans of the team. As a result, many fans criticise the Indian management for dropping Kuldeep from the team.
Notably, the 28-year-old made his test comeback in the first game after 18 months and performed brilliantly. Despite that, he was dropped from the team. However, veteran Indian pacer Umesh Yadav, who came out to attend the press conference, opened up about India's decision to drop Kuldeep.
Umesh said, "It’s part of your journey; it’s happened with me also. Sometimes you perform; sometimes you are sitting out of the team because of a management call. Sometimes we have to go with the team requirements. You see the wicket and, after that, the management takes the call."
When asked about whether India will miss the 28-year-old on the turning pitch in Dhaka, Umesh said that the decision was taken after looking at pitch and conditions. Umesh was the star performer for India on Day 1.
He picked up 4/25 in 15 overs and helped India dismiss the hosts for just 227 runs. Ravi Ashwin also took 4/71. For Bangladesh, Mominul made 84 runs and was the top performer. At the stumps on Day 1, India was at 19/0 in 8 overs, trailing by 208 runs.