The Men in Blue have started their ODI World Cup journey with an impressive run of four wins in a row. They kicked off the campaign with a six-goal triumph over five-time champions Australia, followed by an eight-goal win against Afghanistan. They subsequently beat arch-rivals Pakistan by seven wickets and Bangladesh by seven wickets.
“It is very important to start very well with the first Powerplay. Jasprit and Siraj have done really well,” sad Yadav in an interview with ICC.
Appreciating their contribution in taking wickets and keeping a tight grip on the run when he a Ravindra Jadeja take the ball, added Kuldeep: “We always had one or two wickets, only today (against Bangladesh) we felt they (the opposition) started very well.”
While the Indian batsmen, including the skipper Rohit Sharma a Virat Kohliwere in excellent form, the bowlers played an equally important role in securing victories.
India took 36 wickets in four matches, dismissing Australia and Pakistan for less than 200 runs.
The pace duo of Bumrah and Siraj was exceptional with Bumrah being the second highest scorer in the tournament with 10 goals. Hardik Pandya and Siraj contributed five goals each. Spinners Jadeja and Kuldeep were also key, with Jadeja securing seven wickets and Kuldeep proving an economical bowler with six scalps.
Highlighting the spin-bowling strategy, Kuldeep said, “We are just working on the length and keeping it very simple, me and Jaddu bhai. We are also getting good wickets but it is very important that we maintain it very much.” simple and just keep it in every game. Picking an early wicket in the middle overs definitely gives you confidence and also just checks the run rate.”
The two-time champions will look to continue their winning streak as they prepare to take on unbeaten New Zealand in the top-of-the-table clash at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday.
Expressing confidence in their performance, Kuldeep said, “The opposition is good but we feel we are very comfortable, we are playing good cricket. That is more important than anything else. Obviously when you face good sides in the World Cup, there is a lot of pressure.” but at the same time it is very important to keep calm and play good cricket. We are doing really well as a team, so we would like to continue that in the next game.”
(With ANI inputs)
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