Former Indian batsman Wasim Jaffer said that West Indies failed to deal with the threat of Kuldeep Yadav in the first ODI in Barbados as Team India could not pick the left-arm spinner at all. Wasim Jaffer said that having a left-arm wrist spinner the playing 11 is a big advantage as compared to a finger spinner. India bundled out the West Indies for 114 runs in just 23 overs at the Kensington Oval with Kuldeep taking 4/6 in three overs. The batsmen completed the target in just 22.5 overs as the team India registered their ninth win over the Caribbean team.
Wasim Jaffer said Kuldeep was very good for the West Indies as the opposition batsmen could not figure out which way the ball was turning.
“That’s what wrist-spinners can do [run through the tail]. If you can’t pick him, then you can’t play him. Sometimes, to a finger spinner, you know what’s coming out. But, with wrist-spinners, the ball can go both ways. That’s what happened,’
“Other than Shai Hope, the other guys couldn’t pick him – couldn’t pick the line, couldn’t pick the spin. Wrist-spinners can break partnerships and run through the tail and that’s what Kuldeep is good at. When he gets going, he can run through a side, can get you that double or triple strike in quick time. That’s exactly what he did today,” the 45-year-old added.
Kuldeep Yadav LBW Dominic Drakes in 3 runs and Yannick Kariya in 3 runs with a googly. Shai Hope in 43 runs was caught out in front of the stump as he missed the reverse sweep of a full delivery.
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I could sense Jadeja is in the game – Wasim Jaffer
Apart from Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja also impressed with the ball, taking three wickets for 37 runs in six overs. Jaffer pointed out that the turning and bouncy surface suited the bowler.
“There was spin and bounce on the pitch. Watching it on TV, I could sense that Ravindra Jadeja is in the game. He obviously made it count. He generally doesn’t get that help. In ODIs, you normally get good batting wickets where teams score 280-300 or more. When he gets this kind of help, he’s dangerous,” he said.
Jadeja clean bowled Shimron Hetmyer in 11 runs who missed his scoop, then he dismissed Rovman Powell in 4 runs and Romario Shepherd in a duck in the same over and caught both batsmen in the slips.