KL Rahul couldn’t contain his admiration for the exceptional performance by left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, whose magical spells with the ball helped India secure a place in the Asia Cup 2023 final. Yadav’s spectacular five-wicket haul in the One Day International (ODI) against Pakistan, followed by another four-wicket feat, left Rahul in awe and earned Team India a well-deserved victory.
In a post-match conference, KL Rahul couldn’t stop praising Kuldeep Yadav’s bowling performance. He said, “He has been bowling really well. When I am wicketkeeping, I enjoy watching him bowl. Sometimes, even I can’t pick under the lights the way he is bowling. He has developed new tricks, and you can see that it is giving out results. His rhythm and execution have been exceptional.”
Kuldeep Yadav’s outstanding performance was instrumental in dismantling Pakistan’s batting order and securing India’s place in the Asia Cup 2023 final. The experienced spinner’s ability to deceive batsmen with his variations and precision has made him a formidable asset for the Indian cricket team.
On a pitch that favored spinners, Sri Lanka’s rising star Dunith Wellalage also grabbed the spotlight with his maiden five-wicket haul, causing trouble for the Indian batting lineup. Rahul acknowledged Wellalage’s skill, saying, “He was spot on. He got five wickets. He did the job for his team. He looked like the most dangerous bowler in Sri Lanka’s attack till I was playing. Probably next time we play, we will try to get after him.”
India’s victory over Sri Lanka not only broke the co-hosts’ 13-match unbeaten streak in ODIs but also secured India’s spot in the Asia Cup 2023 final with a game to spare. The match saw an impressive performance from India’s bowling attack, combining the efforts of spinners and pacers alike, as they bundled out Sri Lanka for a mere 172 runs while defending a modest target at the R Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday.