Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav registered his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket on Saturday during the first test match against West Indies in Rajkot. By doing so, he has become the second Indian bowler after Bhuvneshwar Kumar to claim a five-wicket haul in all formats.
The southpaw looked in fine touch after India enforced the follow-on after the visitors were bundled out for 181 runs in reply to India's 649. Ravinchandran Ashwin opened the floodgates in the West Indies second innings by picking out Kraigg Braithwaite, only to set the stage for Kuldeep Yadav, who wrecked havoc across the visitors batting order.
Kuldeep Yadav was lethal to say the least. The Indian bowler got off the mark in his fourth over with Shai Hope being his first victim after he trapped the batsman in front of stumps. Riding high on confidence, Kuldeep continued to run riot as he sent Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase and Kieran Powell packing home.
It was a memorable spell for the bowler after the bittersweet tour of the England tour. Bitter, cause the Indian cricket team were handed a 4-1 series drubbing by the hosts, while it was sweet for the bowler as he picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in ODI and T20 limited-over series cricket.
Kuldeep's magic fingers left the West Indies tumbling at 151/6. Post that, Ravindrachandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami took up the job of cleaning up the West Indian lower-order.
The chinaman bowler has been quite a revelation for India after impressing with his bowling both at home and overseas. With Ashwin's inconsistent form, the southpaw could be all set to take over the reigns as the Men In Blue's premier spin bowler.
As far as the first test was concerned, it is safe to say that the West Indies were no match for India, after being outplayed in all departments. Even on a slow and dry Rajkot pitch which seemed decent to bat on, the Caribbean side struggled, even after batting twice.
But the quality and the attitude of the opposition side were definitely the major gains for India. Making the most of the gains, Prithvi Shaw grabbed the oppurtunity with both hands as he dazzled on his debut with a maiden Test century. Another player who shone for India was all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who starred with both ball and bat in front of his home crowd in Rajkot.