Indian left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav revealed details of his chat with teammate Yuzvendra Chahal ahead of the third and final T20I of the tri-series against South Africa. Kuldeep thanked Chahal for his consistent support and highlighted their friendship over the years. The left-arm wrist spinner made a stunning comeback to form in T20Is, recording his best figures for Team India in the format on Thursday against South Africa. He took five wickets for 17 runs in 2.5 overs to help the visitors win the last game and level the series 1–1.
In a recent video posted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on X, Suryakumar Yadav was seen having a conversation with Kuldeep, where the stand-in skipper asked the spinner if a chat with teammate Chahal helped him step up . five wickets.
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“Chahal bhai had a long flight so we didn’t talk much. Just met him last night where he told me not to change too much in bowling. Even when things were not so good 2-3 years ago, he always there for Hopefully we will try to do well if we play together in ODIs,” Kuldeep said in a video released by the BCCI.
Kuldeep also opened up about how he bagged a fifer.
“Didn’t think much of it. The idea was to bowl to a certain length and then I observed that the pitch is slow and the fasters gripped a bit. So I just mixed my flights with the faster ones. I got a few lucky wickets when the ball kept low. When I got three wickets, I thought let’s go to pick five wickets,” said the left-arm wrist spinner.
Then it was Kuldeep’s turn to ask Suryakumar how the captain was feeling after scoring a record-breaking 4th century in the T20I format. Surya revealed how he went around his innings to ensure he batted just as long and remained rooted to the crease.
“When I go out to bat, I don’t think about the number of runs I have to score. I just want to go out and enjoy my batting. I like to sprint out to the middle and get ready to face the first ball. It was good to get the man of the match and player of the series award by coming out of my comfort zone abroad. All success went to God, God is great,” he added.
Suryakumar’s record-equalling fourth T20I ton and Kuldeep Yadav’s five-wicket haul helped India beat the Proteas by 106 runs in the third T20I to end the series 1-1.
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