Kuldeep Yadav takes four wickets on debut as India, without Virat Kohli, bowl out Australia for 300 despite Steve Smith century. As he becomes the first chinaman bowler to play for India.
He waited for three Tests and exactly one month after the India-Australia series began, Kuldeep Yadav got his Test cap for India. After their humiliating defeat in the Pune Test, which now seems ages ago, a lot was said about India missing a trick by not playing Kuldeep and instead went for the other Yadav, Jayant.
Even though the Indian team is having its first chinaman bowler in 2017, the teams around the world has seen quite a few bowlers who are mastered this art. Australia’s Brad Hogg is one name that comes to our mind while talking about chinaman bowling.
The batsmen around the world find it difficult to get going against the chinaman bowlers as their variations are very difficult to pick. It is surprising to see a country like India not producing chinaman bowlers in their 85-year-old history.
Kuldeep’s debut also begins a new chapter in the history of Indian cricket as he becomes the first chinaman bowler to play for India. Having said this, Indian women’s team has already had a chinaman bowler in Priti Dimri, who has played 26 matches for India from 2006-2010.
But in Dharamsala, Kuldeep’s name in the playing XI was the last one could have though of. The surprise selection for India, who were without their captain Virat Kohli due to his shoulder selection, raised many questions. With the series tied 1-1, why would India opt for a chinaman bowler to replace a batsman. But India went in with five bowlers and a new captain, Ajinkya Rahane.
David Warner, who has had a poor run of form in this series, must have had hear in his mouth after edging the first ball of the match to third slip. But Karun Nair’ failed to catch it and Warner got off the mark with a four.
Despite the wicket of Matt Renshaw in the second over by Umesh Yadav, Australia scored quick runs in the first session of play with Smith and Warner playing some attacking shots, aided by quick outfield and flat bowling from India.
For the next five hours of the day, it was only Kuldeep who ruled in Dharamsala, despite a magnificent century from Smith, who now has seven centuries in his last eight Tests against India. The Australian captain brought up his 20th Test hundred and third of the series, becoming only the second visiting captain to do so.
This is the trajectory of the stock delivery of a chinaman bowler (source: WikiPedia)
Warner completed his first half-century of the tour but fell for 68 after a delivery from Kuldeep got extra bounce and Warner edged it to slips.
Kuldeep then dismissed Peter Handscomb, bowling a beautiful length to draw the batsman forward, getting the ball to drift away, forcing the batsman to play away from the body. That created a gap between bat and pad, the ball spun back and castled the stumps.
While the Handscomb dismissal was a chinaman’s delight, Kuldeep bamboozled Glenn Maxwell with a wrong’un. Pitching on leg-stump, the ball moved towards the off-stump but Maxwell had already committed to play it on the on-side. By the time he changed his mind, it had gone past his bat and hit the top of off-stump.
Pat Cummins and Matthew Wade struck a partnership and frustrated the Indian bowlers, especially the former who hit some lusty blows. Rahane had to once again turn to his top spinner, Kuldeep, who got Cummins caught and bowled.
India took the second new ball in the 89th over and returned to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took three ball to dismiss Nathan Lyon, who failed to handle an inswinger and hit it straight to Cheteshwar Pujara at short mid-wicket.
Australia were bowled out for 300 and India saw off the only over they faced on Saturday, with Josh Hazlewood bowling a maiden. India were resume their innings at no score for no loss with openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay.