India vs Australia: Kuldeep Yadav all set to play aggressive brand of Cricket

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India vs Australia: Kuldeep Yadav all set to play aggressive brand of Cricket

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SportsCafe Desk

10/08/2017

Kuldeep Yadav, who picked up 2 wickets from his four overs in the first T20 match against Australia yesterday, has said that playing an aggressive style of cricket has helped him perform better. Yadav also added that the team doesn't distinguish between a home Test series from a one played abroad.

After Australia got off to a good start in the powerplay overs, Yadav, along with Yuzvendra Chahal, succeeded in restricting the Australian batsmen to a score of 118/8 in 18.4 overs. The left-handed leg-spinner was instrumental again, after a brilliant ODI series, as he ended up with figures of 2/16 in his allotted 4 overs. Earlier, in the second ODI of the five-match series, Yadav put up a stunning show by picking a hat-trick at the Eden Gardens. Yesterday, Yadav managed to wreck the Aussie innings by picking the wickets of Moises Henriques and Aaron Finch which resulted in him picking up the Man of the Match award.

“I'm very happy. This is my first Man of the Match. First couple of balls I saw what he (Finch) was trying to do and set him up with an overpitched ball. I always think about wickets and that's what really matters to me and the team. I'm getting more confident day by day and game by game. Performing well against a top side like Australia, I'm very happy for myself," Yadav told Cricketnext.

However, the plan to go for wickets is not Yadav's idea of the game but it comes from captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, who believe in going for the kill in all matches. Both of them revealed that their aim is not to draw a game, but, win every game they play, even in Test matches.

"Well, it's obviously nice to win this series again. We won this last time also, in 2015. Yes, we do have that chance, but honestly speaking, we are not looking at Test matches or Test cricket now as home and away anymore. We are just looking at Test matches as Test matches and we want to win anywhere that we play," Virat Kohli had said after winning the Test series against Sri Lanka.

"If we can believe enough in our abilities then we are not really bothered about where we are playing. That kind of energy I can sense in the team, and the team believes that as well. We are creating a habit of winning that I think can be carried on in future as well.

"In the dressing room we feel really proud of each other's efforts, that we're really putting in those consistent, convincing performances, and winning Test matches more often than getting the other results. We really feel good as a team that we're able to win consistently right now, but we realise that it's very important to keep carrying on the same way as well."

Meanwhile, Australia's batting woes do not seem to have an expiry date any soon as the India bowlers continue to attack the Aussies. The Australian players once again failed to read Kuldeep's left-arm wrist spin. Moreover, Jasprit Bumrah picked 2 wickets with giving away just 17 runs and Yuzvendra Chahal as well picked a wicket at the JSCA Cricket Stadium in Ranchi.

With the win, team India have a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. The second match is scheduled to be held on Tuesday in Guwahati.

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