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“Crawley’s wicket was the turning point” – Sanjay Manjrekar credits Kuldeep Yadav for timely dismissal as India beat England in Vizag Test

Sanjay Manjrekar praised left-arm wrist bowler Kuldeep Yadav for dismissing England opener Zak Crawley during England’s run chase in the second Test, as India won the game by 106 runs to level the five-over series. 1-1 matches.

The former Indian cricketer noted that Crawley looked extremely dangerous, having scored 73 runs off 132 balls, including a six and an eight boundary. Yadav caught his leg before the wicket on the stroke of lunch on Day 4. Overall, he finished with four wickets on his return to Test cricket.

Manjrekar told ESPNCricinfo:

“Crawley’s wicket was the turning point. If you looked at the faces of all the Indian players, they were tense when Crawley batted the way he did. “This is a team that I have seen in a long time getting under the skin of the Indian team in a home series.”

Meanwhile, England captain Ben Stokes felt DRS technology was wrong regarding Crawley’s dismissal. Speaking to reporters at the post-match press conference, India Today quoted him as saying:

“My personal opinion is that technology has gone wrong on this occasion. That’s my position on the matter. “The technology in the game is obviously there and everyone understands the reasons why it can never be 100 percent.”

Stokes added:

“That’s why we have ‘referee’s call,’ that’s why it’s in place. So when it’s not 100 percent, I don’t think it’s unfair for someone to say, ‘I think the tech was wrong.'”


“Kuldeep Yadav’s entry has made it a little easier to control the English batsmen” – Sanjay Manjrekar

Meanwhile, Sanjay Manjrekar pointed out how Kuldeep Yadav controlled the flow of runs against England in the second Test by bowling much slower in the air, particularly against Ollie Pope. This was something the hosts lacked in the first Test in Hyderabad, where they lost by 28 runs. He said:

“Kuldeep Yadav’s arrival has made it a little easier to control the English batsmen because he is a little slow in the air. I saw a couple of reverse sweeps that were played inside that straight to the outfielder.”

The cricketer-turned-commentator added:

“When someone doesn’t give you the pace, you see that the trajectory is not as flat, it just becomes a little more difficult.”

The two teams will next face off at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot during the third Test, which begins on February 15.

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Edited by Sankalp Srivastava.


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