Indian left-arm wrist spinner, Kuldeep Yadav recently won the prestigious Player-of-the-Series accolade at the Asia Cup. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma and the Indian cricket team management have decided to rest him for the first two ODIs against Australia. Sharma has recently opened up on the decision.
Kuldeep showcased a remarkable performance in the Asia Cup. He tallied a total of nine wickets in five games at an average of 11.44 and an economy of 3.61. His exemplary five-wicket haul against arch-rivals Pakistan has been impressive and he provided valuable contribution for India’s 228-run triumph. He also secured four crucial wickets in a spirited defence of a 213 runs against Sri Lanka.
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma shed light on the left-arm spinner’s exclusion from the initial encounters against Australia, stating:
“We have been looking at Kuldeep for the last one, one and a half years, this is why we don’t want to expose him a lot. He is coming back for the last match. There are a lot of reasons. This is the best decision for us, to have him sit out for two games and play the third. We also have two practice matches (before the World Cup opener), so for the bowling rhythm, he will be back in it,” Rohit said.
India will face Australia in the opening clash of the 3-match ODI series on September 22.