Kuldeep Yadav’s Spin Magic and the ’12th Man’ Power India to 2023 World Cup Victory
In a nail-biting showdown at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow, the 2023 World Cup witnessed an electrifying clash between two cricket giants, India and England, on Sunday, October 29. The match was nothing short of a cricketing spectacle, with breathtaking moments etched into history.
Kuldeep Yadav said, "The way Rohit Sharma bhai batted helped us score a respectable score". (TOI) pic.twitter.com/htqrNd8Hay— Vishal. (@SPORTYVISHAL) October 30, 2023
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Kuldeep Yadav’s Magic Delivery Dismisses Jos Buttler
The star of the show, Kuldeep Yadav, left the cricketing world in awe with his impeccable spin bowling. His delivery that dismissed Jos Buttler will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the finest moments of this World Cup.
Kuldeep’s Magical Dismissal of Jos Buttler
Kuldeep‘s magic happened in the 16th over of England’s run-chase. With an astonishing display of finesse, he sent a delivery just outside the off-stump. Jos Buttler, England’s captain and a formidable batsman, attempted to play a cut shot. Little did he know, he was about to fall prey to Kuldeep’s artistry. The ball spun viciously, catching Buttler off-guard, and shattered the stumps. Buttler stood motionless for a couple of seconds, seemingly unable to comprehend what had just transpired, before reluctantly walking back to the pavilion. This dismissal proved to be a turning point in the match, setting the tone for India’s dominance.
Kuldeep’s Plan Unveiled
Buttler’s exit marked a significant moment in the game, as England found themselves struggling at 52/5, chasing a target of 230. The pressure was mounting on the defending champions, and India was resolute in defending their score.
Kuldeep Yadav, speaking after the match, unveiled the master plan behind Buttler’s dismissal. “I mean nothing changes. You know, I tried to bowl outside off, probably at fifth or sixth stump. I knew it was going to spin, and I have been working on the angles as well, you know. I bowled wide of the crease in a couple of the net sessions and tried to bring the ball in, and that was my only plan,” Kuldeep explained. He went on to mention that the feeling of spin in the first over paved the way for his strategy to dismiss Buttler. His meticulous planning paid off beautifully.
Kuldeep’s Stellar Performance
Kuldeep Yadav’s brilliance didn’t stop with Buttler; he also claimed the prized wicket of Liam Livingstone, further denting England’s hopes. In total, Kuldeep finished with figures of 2 wickets for just 24 runs in his eight overs, a performance that will be etched in the memory of cricket fans for years to come.
India’s Bowling Unit Unites for Victory
However, India’s success in this match wasn’t solely due to Kuldeep’s magic with the ball. The Indian bowling unit, led by Mohammed Shami, displayed incredible teamwork. Shami was in fiery form, taking four wickets, while the ever-reliable Jasprit Bumrah contributed with three crucial dismissals. Additionally, Ravindra Jadeja joined the wicket-taking party by snaring one scalp.
England’s Struggles and the ’12th Man’
England’s batting lineup, which boasted stars like Joe Root and Ben Stokes, struggled to make an impact, with three of their key players getting dismissed for a duck. This collapse was a testament to the relentless pressure applied by India’s bowlers and the unwavering support of the passionate Indian fans in the stadium.
Paul Collingwood Praises Indian Fans as the ’12th Man’
Speaking of the crowd, former England captain Paul Collingwood had high praise for the Lucknow spectators. He referred to them as India’s ’12th man’ during the tournament. In an interview with Star Sports after the match, Collingwood marveled at the intensity of the atmosphere created by the Indian fans. “Yeah, look, it’s kind of wow, isn’t it? When you’re watching it here almost in disbelief of what’s going on, and the Indian bowlers say, We’re absolutely relentless, the lines and the lunch, once they got that first wicket, and you heard the crowd. And when you can hear the crowd on TV, there’s obviously an amazing atmosphere there, and it’s almost like having the 12th man,” he exclaimed.
Collingwood’s Special Praise for Kuldeep Yadav
Collingwood also singled out Kuldeep Yadav for special praise. He regarded Kuldeep’s delivery that dismissed Buttler as ‘probably the ball of the tournament.’ Collingwood highlighted the accuracy and skill exhibited by the Indian bowlers and the spinners, emphasizing the importance of the early wicket.
Rohit Sharma’s Masterful Century
India’s victory was set up by a competitive total of 229/9 in 50 overs, with Rohit Sharma playing a pivotal role. Rohit, India’s captain, showcased his class with a commanding knock of 87 off 101 balls. His innings was punctuated with 10 fours and three sixes, a breathtaking display of his batting prowess.
Rohit Sharma’s Milestone
Moreover, Rohit achieved a significant milestone by crossing 18,000 runs in international cricket, a testament to his stature as one of the game’s modern legends. His tally now includes 3677 runs in Tests, 3853 in T20Is, and 10,570 in ODIs, complemented by 45 centuries and 98 half-centuries.