2 years and 2 months. That is how long Kuldeep Yadav was out of sight and most likely out of Indian cricket fans’ minds. Kuldeep’s Test career, which has lasted more than five years and six Tests, was in limbo until he was selected as the third spinner for the Chattogram Test on Wednesday. He was a backup in T20Is and an almost afterthought in ODIs. On Thursday, he more than took advantage of that opportunity, destroying Bangladesh’s batting with a four-wicket haul after hitting a career-high 40 to help India overcome a hiccup and end on 404 when they might have easily collapsed for 300.

After Ashwin’s fifty and three early wickets by Mohammed Siraj snuffed away any possibility of parity in this match, Kuldeep was the one to bring about this remarkable slip by grabbing three wickets in the span of 12 balls and destroying Bangladesh’s resolve.

On the opening pitch of Bangladesh’s innings, Siraj successfully tricked Najmul Hossain Shanto into playing away from his body and edging to the wicketkeeper, drawing first blood. Umesh Yadav was then pulled into his stumps by Yasir Ali. With a 34-run partnership, debutant Zakir Hasan and Litton Das attempted to stabilize the innings. However, Siraj returned with a ball that jacked back, grabbed the bottom edge of Das’s bat, and crashed into his stumps. Hasan accidentally poked at another stunning delivery from Siraj—the ball kept its line this time outside off—reducing Bangladesh to 56/4. The two most seasoned hitters from Bangladesh, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Shakib Al Hasan were yet to arrive. At this point, Yadav almost quickly became noticeable.

Kuldeep faced Shakib on the second delivery of his first over in Test cricket in nearly two years after Rahim had trapped him for a single. Shakib often doesn’t let any spinner have the upper hand, whether at home or abroad. Shakib jumped out of his crease early, enabling Kuldeep to immediately draw back the length of the ball that took a thick outside edge and soared to Virat Kohli at slip. This was likely done to establish that.

I was a little anxious, and I got the first wicket in the first over by sheer chance, said Kuldeep. “I regained my momentum. After a few overs, I began to feel good, varied my speed and delivery, and attempted both over- and round-the-wicket angles. I was truly enjoying it since I was getting a nice turn. I began focusing on my rhythm and attempting to be a little bit faster when I was hurt. That has been helpful. I’m not giving in on the spin. When I was batting, I believed that the spinners didn’t have much to offer. I believed it would be useful for batting. On such wickets, wrist spinners who use the Kookaburra ball would undoubtedly experience turn and bounce.