Debutant Kuldeep leads India's fightback after Smith ton

The chinaman bowler grabbed four wickets on his debut and largely looked impressive.

Skipper Steve Smith believes clear thinking and efficient execution set his team apart from the Australian sides in the past who tried and failed in their bid to win a test series in India. He bowled a lot of leg-spinners with the scrambled seam, he's wrong'un was with scrambled seam as well.

"I'm not really bothered if we are the favourites or underdogs to be honest with you", Smith said at the Himachal PradeshCricket Association Stadium, in India's Himalayan foothills, which hosts its first test match from Saturday.

Highly impressed with India's debut bowler Kuldeep Yadav, Australia's wicket keeper batsman Matthew Wade admitted that it was hard to pick his deliveries initially and took few balls to get used to his bowling.

"From childhood I have been told that spinner is someone who would take wickets even if he gets hit (Spinner woh hain jo maar bhi khaaye aur wickets bhi leta rahein)".

Australia - winners of the toss at Test cricket's newest venue - slumped from 144-1 to be bowled out with around 15 minutes of the opening day remaining, leaving KL Rahul to play out a maiden from Josh Hazlewood before stumps.

"It was a dream come true when I first met and talked to him [Warne]". He added that Warne has promised to have another session with him in the near future.


Australia's Ranchi Test saviour Handscombe shaped for a cover drive to a fullish delivery that turned in to breach his defence.

Kuldeep mesmerised Australia's top six, claiming the wickets of Warner, Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell.

While he was a fan of Akram in his younger days, Kuldeep started to appreciate the art of spin bowling once he started bowling chinaman himself.

The uncommon sight of a left-arm wrist spinner showcasing control and an array of variations had many excited.

Earlier, Kuldeep received his test cap by former leg-spinner and current commentator Laxman Sivaramakrishnan as India chose to go in with 5 specialist bowlers for the decider in Dharamsala.

That was followed by a sequence of misfields which gifted up to a dozen runs to Warner and captain Steve Smith as they put on a 134-run stand. He has also taken 81 wickets. Obviously, if you are giving away 80 runs, you are bound to get wickets.

"I suppose a little bit yeah", Wade said. "Senior players like Virat bhai and coach Anil Sir also kept me motivated, telling me that my chance would come", Kuldeep said.

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