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Kuldeep was staring a becoming the fastest to the 100-wicket mark in the world during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, but a rather disappointing performance shattered that dream. @ AFP

Kuldeep Yadav’s ascent in limited overs cricket has been nothing short of phenomenal. The Chinaman bowler’s combination with legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal has worked in India’s favour, specially with the duo being able to put in consistent performances.

Kuldeep and Chahal have been instrumental helping Virat Kohli’s team become one of the most consistent and efficient units in the history of the 50-over format.

Kuldeep’s reason to his success has been his knack of picking up wickets which has given India the edge in the middle overs.

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On Wednesday, during the third and final one-day international against West Indies, Kuldeep can script history if he picks up a four-wicket haul which will make him the fastest Indian to reach 100 ODI wickets.

The tweaker has 96 wickets in 53 ODIs. Kuldeep was staring a becoming the fastest to the 100-wicket mark in the world during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, but a rather disappointing performance shattered that dream. In the World Cup, he pocketed just six wickets in seven matches.

However, if he takes four wickets at Trinidad on Wednesday, then he can beat Mohammed Shami’s record (56 matches) of being the fastest to 100 ODI wickets for India.

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Virat Kohli’s side cannot lose the series against West Indies. India won  the second one-day international by 59 runs (Duckworth-Lewis method) at the same venue to gain a 1-0 lead after the series opener in Guyana was abandoned due to inclement weather.

A cause of concern going into the third match would be the form of Shikhar Dhawan, whose comeback post a thumb injury has not been ideal. Add to that, Rishabh Pant, an experimentation at No. 4, has failed the test and is now also beginning to test the patience of the team management.