Cricketers of the week - 19th March to 25th March
A dream debut for Kuldeep Yadav and a sublime century for Steven Smith are the highlights this week.
A top-class innings from the best batsman in the world on current form, a dazzling debut from a chinaman bowler, an all-round performance from a legend for an Associate nation and a supremely talented batsman coming of age in probably his nation’s greatest away series – these are our top performers of the week.
Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan miss out despite their superlative performances and so does Ambati Rayudu who played a fine knock in a losing cause in the Deodhar Trophy. Here are the last five men standing.
#1 Kuldeep Yadav
The young man showed no nerves on debut in the final Test against Australia at Dharamsala and bamboozled the Australians, bringing India back into contention after a bad morning session.
Australia were cruising at 144 for 1 with David Warner showing signs of returning back to form and Steve Smith doing what Steve Smith does best. However, Yadav got Warner thanks to a cut shot that was not on and some good catching from Rahane, who is always switched on in the slips.
Kuldeep followed it up with a beautifully flighted delivery that drifted away, created a gap between bat and pad, and castled the stumps of Peter Handscomb. Glenn Maxwell couldn’t pick the wrong one and Pat Cummins gave a simple return catch.
Yadav registered figures of 4/68 in 23 overs bringing India right back into the game as Australia were eventually all-out for 300 on day 1.