India vs Australia: Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir hail Kuldeep Yadav's remarkable hat-trick

Accolades started pouring in for the hat-trick hero, Kuldeep, and other shining performers in the Indian cricket team from former cricketers and greats of the game,

FirstCricket Staff, September 22, 2017

On Thursday, in the second ODI of the 5-match series, Australia were comfortably cruising towards leveling the series 1-1 in Eden Gardens, Kolkata, when the wrist spinners of India struck gold.

The team from Down Under were off to a horrendous start and were at one time tottering at nine runs for the loss of two wickets due to a fiery spell from India's premier swing bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Though the Aussies managed to string in a couple of solid partnerships, Yuzvendra Chahal applied the brakes by taking wickets in crucial junctures.

However, the day belonged to the young Chinaman bowler, Kuldeep Yadav, who returned figures of 3/54, taking consecutive wickets of Mathew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins in the 33rd over to become only the third Indian, after Chetan Sharma and Kapil Dev, to record the rare feat in ODI cricket.

Accolades started pouring in for the hat-trick hero, Kuldeep, and other shining performers in the Indian cricket team from former cricketers and greats of the game,

The legendary Sachin Tendulkar and former captain Sourav Ganguly led the applause as the left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav drew all-round praise for his match-winning hat-trick against Australia in the second ODI.

Ganguly on his part said, "It was a special spell. He bowled brilliantly. He still has a long way to go and is an asset for the team."

Incidentally Kapil's feat in the 1991 Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka had also come at the Eden, which was a witness to Harbhajan Singh's famous hat-trick during the 2001 Kolkata Test against Australia.

Asked to compare Harbhajan's hat-trick with that of Kuldeep's, Ganguly, who was the then captain of the Indian team, didn't wish to get into comparisons. "I don't want to compare, it's not easy to get a hat-trick," Ganguly, who led India to the remarkable victory in 2001 Test against Australia, added.

However, Harbhajan Singh himself lauded the new spinner on the block,

Kuldeep's IPL captain Gautam Gambhir also seemed ecstatic with his performance.

Former cricketer Mohammad Kaif was also effusive in his praise for the spinner from his home state of Uttar Pradesh.

Updated Date: Sep 22, 2017





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114