Just like his debut test, Kuldeep Yadav secured a 4-wicket haul in the first innings of his second test as well and his wonderful spell left Sri Lanka in dire straits on the second day in Pallekele.
The stand-out thing about Kuldeep’s bowling was the heart with which he bowled.
When he initially tried to loop the ball, the Sri Lankan batsmen came at him and hit him for a few boundaries, but, the youngster didn’t get intimidated.
Normally for someone who hasn’t had that much of exposure in test match Cricket, it’s very easy to take the safety first approach and start pushing the ball through rather than looping it so that he doesn’t go for too many boundaries.
But Kuldeep didn’t show any reluctance in looping it again and that fetched him the rewards as the Sri Lankan glove-man Niroshan Dickwella who had been lofting him pretty convincingly failed to read the flight properly on one occasion giving his counterpart Wriddhiman Saha the opportunity to catch him outside the crease. (more…)