It was carnage at the Eden Gardens on Friday and it wasn’t Andre Russell for a change. It was the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsmen Moeen Ali and Virat Kohli smacking the ball to all the parts of the ground. The duo literally ripped apart the KKR’s bowling attack to propel the team to a huge total of 213 runs for the loss of 4 wickets after 20 overs. Though Kohli scored a century and stole all the limelight, it was Moeen who started it all against Kuldeep Yadav.
The chinaman had a tough day at the office on the day as he ended up conceding the joint most expensive spell by a spinner in IPL history. One felt that all was going KKR’s way until the 14th over started and the momentum completely changed in the 16th over. Moeen Ali launched an assault on Kuldeep who had conceded 32 runs in his three overs by then. The Englishman smashed Kuldeep for 27 runs in his final over as the young spinner finished with the figures of 59/1 in four overs.
Kuldeep Yadav however managed to have the last laugh with the wicket of Moeen Ali on the final delivery of his spell but the damage had already been done. Kuldeep was absolutely distraught after the hammering and tears rolled out of his eyes as he sat down dejected on the boundary line during the strategic time out.
Chris Lynn, Praisdh Krishna and Andre Russell were all spotted attempting to cheer the spinner up through either a courteous pat on the back or a few words of encouragement. Nothing seemed to have helped as Kuldeep was spotted on his knees near the boundary, revisiting the onslaught he went through.
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Having taken 12 and 17 wickets in the past two seasons of the IPL, this edition has been by the worst for the wrist-spinner. Kuldeep has only taken 4 wickets this season at an average of 71.50. Earlier this season, Kuldeep was hit for 33 runs in his first two overs by the Delhi Capitals’ duo of Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw but returned to bowl the 18th and 20th over in the same match in which he conceded just 11 runs.
Kuldeep, along with Chahal, will be leading India’s spin department in upcoming World Cup in England. While there’s no doubting the talent that Kuldeep possesses and the expectations his national team skipper Virat Kohli has from him at the forthcoming ICC World Cup, the return of MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper behind the stumps) and the change of format should see the good old Kuldeep back to his best once again.