Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav celebrates the wicket of Ben Stokes © Getty Images

On Thursday at Trent Bridge, Kuldeep Yadav marginally claimed the record for the best figures by a left-arm spinner in the history of ODIs, surpassing another Indian, Murali Kartik, with exceptional figures of 6 for 25 in 10 overs. The previous best ODI figures by a left-arm spinner was Kartik’s 6 for 27, achieved against Australia in Mumbai in 2007. For over 14 years, Sri Lanka titan Sanath Jayasuriya had owned the record having claimed 6 for 29 at Moratuwa against England back in 1993. Kuldeep, Kartik and Jayasuriya remain the only left-arm spinners with six-wicket hauls in ODIs.

Kuldeep’s stunning display was an extension of the grip he’s maintained over England’s batsmen following a career-best 5 for 24 in the first T20 International last week, and set up India’s eight-wicket hammering of the No. 1 ODI team. So far on India’s tour of the UK, the 23-year-old has taken 18 wickets in 24.3 overs.

After his match-winning performance at Trent Bridge on Thursday, Kuldeep expressed his desire to earn a call-up to India’s Test squad. After the three-match ODI series, India and England will play five Tests in August-September.