India vs England 1st ODI Highlights: Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli stood out in India's win over England. Men in Blue won the game with more than 9 overs to spare as Rohit Sharma fittingly stayed unbeaten until the end on 137.
Man of the Match, Kuldeep Yadav said:
For me it is a big day. I started off well in the first few overs. Luckily I got a couple of wickets in the first two overs. For me it does not matter if the ground is small.
Initially I thought there was a lot of turn and after the first over, I knew I was in the game. If you are bowling in the right areas and you are using the variations perfectly, then it is pretty hard for the batsmen. I hope they will come back hard at us in the next game. I am hoping for a Test call.
India captain, Virat Kohli said:
As clinical as it can be. We knew it was a good wicket to bat on. Those wrist spinners in the middle overs are going to be tricky. Kuldeep was outstanding. I don’t think I have seen a better spell in ODIs of late. We made a tactical decision looking at the dimensions of the ground.
These two wrist spinners have been making the difference since they have come in. They did it in South Africa. Anything is possible with the selections for Tests. The focus now is winning on the next two games. Especially the next game as the series is on the line.
The weather has been lovely. The crowd support has been excellent. The tour is really long and we need to keep doing well.
England captain, Eoin Morgan said:
Certainly not our best day out here. Full credit to India as they completely outplayed us. Kuldeep had a very good day at the office. Playing spin against India is one challenge that hopefully we will keep improving upon.
But today we were well off the mark. I think both the games there has been more turn than on the grounds that we have played on and that is one thing probably that we have identified.
I think Lord’s will be different as it won’t offer a great deal of turn. But certainly he (Kuldeep) extracted more turn out of this than any other spinner. We need to improve as a side.
The seamers on this wicket come on to the bat on this wicket and hence the high scoring nature of the ground. We need to expose our areas of weakness before the WC and this seems to be one of them. And because it is a rare chance to be coming up against two wrist spinners. During the winter, we tour to Windies and Sri Lanka and this will be good practice for those series’.