Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav in a World Cup match© AFP
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja surpassed iconic spinner Anil Kumble to become India’s leading wicket-taker as a spinner in a single edition of the World Cup, but Kuldeep Yadav is breathing down his neck as he is also close to claiming the record. India played their last group stage match against the Netherlands and won to keep their unbeaten run intact. Jadeja scalped two wickets against the Dutch side, taking his tally of wickets in the 2023 World Cup to 16 wickets.
Kumble held the record for almost 27 years when in the 1996 World Cup he took 15 wickets in a single edition. Yuvraj Singh matched his tally and became the joint leading wicket-taker by dismissing 15 batters in India’s World Cup 2011 triumph.
Kuldeep Yadav can become India’s leading wicket-taker as a spinner by the end of the tournament as he has registered 14 wickets to his name.
The Chinese spinner was also among the wicket-takers during India’s 160-run win over the Dutch team. The Men in Blue exercised control after winning the toss and electing to bat first.
Tons of Shreyas Iyer (128*) and KL Rahul (102) left the Dutch bowling line-up at the end, while half-centuries from skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill set the stage for a total of 410/4.
The Indian team successfully defended their total and achieved a 160-run victory. Kohli and Rohit stepped up in the bowling department claiming a wicket each as the star bowlers worked their magic and ended the league phase on a high note.
Mohammed Siraj led the Indian bowling attack after he claimed two wickets by conceding just 29 runs. Dutch batsmen tried to win the match but could not stand in front of the Indian bowling attack.
India will now face New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Wednesday in what will be a rematch of the 2019 World Cup, hoping to reverse the earlier result and march towards the final.
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