India spinner Kuldeep Yadav has said that whenever he and Chahal came together on the pitch they do magic with the ball yesterday also both the spinners played outstanding against Sri Lanka. With this win, India has gained a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The second ODI will be played on Tuesday. "Very happy that after a long time Chahal and I got to play together for the team. We are comfortable with each other and we back each other. We both share inputs on the field whenever it is required, the bonding is nice between us both. We performed well together, we played after a long time and it orders well for the side," said Kuldeep said a virtual post-match press conference.
He further added "I was trying to vary my pace as the wicket was dry in the first innings. The wicket offered some assistance for the spinners, I was varying my pace depending on the batsmen. Very happy with the way team performed in this match," added Kuldeep. Let us tell you that Iniatiannlly India kept taking wickets in regular intervals but after mature innings from Chamika Karunaratne scored unbeaten 43-run knock helped Sri Lanka post 262/9. For India, Kuldeep, Chahal, and Deepak Chahar managed to scalp two wickets each.
"Nervousness is always there when you step out to the field. Rahul Sir backed me and he motivated me. We talked a lot and he told me to enjoy my bowling and not worry about the result. I am happy that I performed well. Obviously, you are nervous when you play cricket after a long time, the way the team performed, I am very happy with it," said Kuldeep. "We have come to play cricket here. We are lucky that we are getting to play cricket. There are many youngsters on the side, we are not worried about what anyone is saying. We are just here to enjoy our cricket. It is difficult to stay in bubbles, when you are not playing there are doubts that can creep in. It's sport at the end of the day, someone gets the chance and someone doesn't," he added. Several times the question is being raised does Kuldeep's white-ball career have come to an end after poor series against England?, in this Kuldeep said: "You never think like that. There can be times when you go for runs and there are times when you take wickets. Many times, I have taken 4-5 wickets in the match, it would be nice if people talk about that. One-two bad games don't end up in your career is finished."