Kuldeep Yadav India England 2018
Kuldeep Yadav leads the Indian side off the field © Getty Images

After demolishing England in the first T20I at Old Trafford and the first ODI at Trent Bridge, Kuldeep Yadav now eyes a place in the Indian Test side. India will play 5 Tests in England after the 3 ODIs get over. Kuldeep turned the Trent Bridge ODI on its head with 6 for 25, the best ODI figures by a left-arm spinner. He had earlier taken 5 for 24 at Trent Bridge.

With Britain experiencing an unusually hot summer, green pitches have become more of a rarity, which is assisting Kuldeep even more. This will enhance his chances for the Test squad — though he will have to compete with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

However, Kuldeep sounded optimistic after the match: “Talking about Test cricket, I am hoping for the call and let’s see what happens in a couple days when they announce the Test team.”

England’s top three were in devastating form during a preceding 5-0 series rout of Australia last month — which included a men’s ODI record total of 481 for 6 at Trent Bridge on June 19. However, they were no match for Kuldeep, who got them in a spell of 3 for 5 in 10 balls.

“It doesn’t matter to me because I never bowl looking at who the batsman is,” explained Kuldeep. “In my mind, I am only thinking about how I can contribute to the team.”

England have used Merlyn, a specialist bowling machine to decipher Kuldeep, but the bowler did not seem bothered by that: “With a bowling machine, you cannot see the hand or wrist or arm during delivery and the ball only turns,” he said. So if you are not picking the ball then there is a huge problem.”

Eoin Morgan was all in praise of Kuldeep as well: “He is very good and there is no getting around that. He exposes an area of our game we need to improve on, that is a healthy thing. It’s a chance to improve in this area, however long it takes, between now and the World Cup.”

Morgan also added that “considering there is only one left-arm Chinaman bowler in the world it is not a huge concern.”

This may not go down well with other Chinaman bowlers like Lakshan Sandakan and Tabraiz Shamsi, both of whom are playing a Test at Galle.