Kuldeep Yadav emerged as the top bowler for the tourists, picking up 5 wickets in the first innings of the first Test against Bangladesh, signaling India’s triumphant return to Test cricket. When it comes to the longest format of the game, Kuldeep’s 5 for 40 statistics earned him a special place in history as they made him the finest Indian spinner in Bangladesh. At the conclusion of Day 3 on Friday, Kuldeep spoke to the media after India set the hosts a goal of 513 runs to reach. Kuldeep spoke with the media and addressed a range of inquiries, from his own performance to the specifics of the pitch. Kuldeep was a little taken aback by one particular question, but he was still able to respond as honestly as he could.
When Bangladesh was chasing a massive 513-run mark, a reporter questioned whether Bangladesh could win the first Test of the series. A chuckling Kuldeep responded saying: “I personally don’t want that!” “It’s cricket. If someone gets a 300, then probably! We will try to bowl them out as early as possible. That’s our main goal for tomorrow,” he added. Bangladesh’s response to India’s 404-run first innings score was being bowled out for only 150 runs. However, Kuldeep believes the pitch was ideal for batting because he personally got 40 off 114.
“I believe the pitch is perfect to bat on. It was really good to bat on even against spinners. Yes, some balls are keeping low and the odd ball turning. Me and Ash bhai (R Ashwin) were initially looking at first innings score of 360 but as time passed, batting became easier so we looked at a 400-run total,” said the spinner. On Day 4, India would be eager to eliminate Bangladesh in the first few sessions. The hosts managed to score 42 runs without losing a single wicket by the time Day 3 came to a close.