Kuldeep Yadav secured a 4-wicket haul

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…)

YOU CAN’T DO IT ALL YOURSELF – MIKE HESSON

The coach for the New Zealand Cricket team, Mike Hesson was of the notion that even though his captain – Kane Williamson – will take their whitewash at the Australian series hard, he needs to learn just how to share the burden.


Last week, Saturday to be precise saw the wounded and weary New Zealanders catch the early flight out of Melbourne. They will rejoin their domestic Twenty20 sides. On December 23, they will reassemble in Christchurch to prepare for the one day series opener on Boxing Day holding in Bangladesh.

Williamson was without Ross Taylor, his trusty deputy during the series in Australia. However, Taylor would be looking forward to a comeback in January for the Bangladesh Tests.

The pain of this 3-0 whitewash will linger for a while for the New Zealand captain, especially considering their 68 runs, which was the closest losing margin in Sydney. (more…)