In the second One Day International (ODI) of the three-match series against Dasun Shanaka’s Sri Lanka, Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav stood out for the Rohit Sharma-led Team India. The hosts replaced Yuzvendra Chahal, who was not available for selection, with left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep after crushing Sri Lanka in the series opener.

Spinner Kuldeep teamed up with pacer Mohammed Siraj to destroy Sri Lanka for a pitiful total of 215 within 40 overs in the second ODI at Kolkata, repaying the selectors’ confidence in the second ODI at Eden Gardens. Former Indian cricketer Dodda Ganesh praised spin magician Kuldeep after the second ODI at Eden Gardens after he emerged as the player to beat in the series finale.

The former Indian cricketer decided to make a subtle jab at the Indian think tank on Twitter after Kuldeep’s bowling feats in Kolkata. “Enough, Kuldeep, dude. Avoid taking so many wickets. The chances of u getting dropped for the next game are pretty high with 3 wickets already #DoddaMathu #CricketTwitter #INDvSL, the ex-Indian cricketer said in his tweet.

Shanaka, the captain of Sri Lanka, struck a spectacular century against India in the first ODI, and Kuldeep claimed the match-winning wicket of Shanaka. The Indian spinner secured the vital dismissals of Shanaka, Charith Asalanka, and Kusal Mendis. In the 50-over match, the visitors only managed to record a below-par score thanks to Kuldeep and Siraj’s combined six wickets. KL Rahul’s valiant 64-run innings off 103 balls helped India defeat Sri Lanka in the second ODI by four wickets. Kuldeep, an Indian spinner, was also selected Player of the Match for his outstanding bowling performance in the low-scoring match. The hosts now hold an unbeatable advantage in the three-match series after their spectacular victory against Sri Lanka.