Indian Captain Virat Kohli finally disclosed why he decided to drop Kuldeep Yadav in the 3rd T20I against England.
England got off to a good start with Jos Buttler and Jason Roy taking them to 70 for no loss after the first ten overs. However, things were soon about to change.
All changed when left arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav came to the picture. Kuldeep broke through in his first over dismissing Jason Roy for 38. On the very first ball of his next over, he dismissed Joe Root who is the best batsman in the English line up as far as ODIs are concerned.
On the second last ball of the same over, Kuldeep bowled a wrong one which rendered Bairstow to lunge forward. However, he failed to pick the delivery as the ball spun and hit his back pad. The Umpire did not rule Bairstow out. But India decided to take a review and the decision had to be overturned.
As it turned out, Kuldeep bagged a six-fer and was awarded the Man of the Match, much to the joy of Virat Kohli.
“We made a tactical decision (at Bristol) looking at the dimensions of the ground and the breeze flowing into the shorter boundary. When it comes to longer game, you need players to make an impact.
“These two wrist spinners have been making the difference since they have come in. They did it in South Africa in the middle overs. They remain as our key weapons,” Kohli said at the post match presentation.