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India spinner Kuldeep Yadav admitted that he thoroughly enjoyed the moment when he dismissed Pakistan batsman Babar Azam in their World Cup clash on Sunday.
Kuldeep clean bowled Azam for 48 with a magnificent delivery that ended up breaking a crucial 104-run partnership Azam and Fakhar Zaman had put together.
1️⃣ A shot for the ages from Rohit Sharma.
2️⃣ A sumptuous drive from Virat Kohli.
3️⃣ A tossed-up beauty from Kuldeep Yadav.
— ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2019
Speaking about the magical delivery, Kuldeep was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “Getting Babar Azam out was the best delivery for me in this tournament. I got him out in the Asia Cup as well.
“After the rain break I went back and watched that delivery. It had drift and turn, so any spinner will love that delivery.
“It’s a proper dream delivery and a proper Test delivery. Deceiving the batsman in the air and making him commit the mistake. A perfect delivery.
“Both Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman play spin well. They were rotating the strike and were attacking, so it was important to break that partnership. Getting Babar out and then another wicket put them under pressure and according to DLS they needed a very high run-rate and that was a plus point for us.”
In addition to Azam, Kuldeep also dismissed Zaman for 62 as India went on to win the match by 89 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.