Gargi Raut ∙ Jan 13 2023, 4:30 PM

“Everyone had planned a lot in the meeting over how to get him out” Kuldeep Yadav on how India trapped Dasun Shanaka 

image-lcucvy90Kuldeep Yadav [Source: Associated Press]

Dasun Shanaka has been a serious threat to the opposition considering his current lethal form. Indian left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav revealed that the Men in Blue had set up a plan to dismiss the Lankan captain. He revealed that there was a lot of pre-game planning over Shanaka's dismissal. To India's delight, Yadav dismissed the opposition captain for just 2 in the second ODI. 

The left-arm spinner was phenomenal in the 2nd ODI and was awarded the 'Player of the Match' award for his brilliant figures of 3/51. Yadav took important wickets of the likes of Kusal Mendia and Charith Asalanka. 

Yadav reveals his gameplan

"Dasun Shanaka’s wicket has been very important because he was batting very well in the series and he is in form as well. It was very important wicket from a team perspective."

"He has an idea about how well he his batting and has been taking the game deep. Everyone had planned a lot in the meeting over how to get him out. So definitely that was an important wicket.”

“Focus was to bowl on good length. Have played a lot in Eden, wickets are not that good for spinners. So my thinking was to stay on a good length and not give a lot of room. When I gave some room, I conceded runs on the cut."

“I wanted to bowl wicket-to-wicket and bring in the variations from there. Because of my aggressive rhythm, I have got that pace. As a result, batters were not getting that much time to decide on whether to come forward or go back.”

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