In the ICC Cricket World Cup, Kuldeep Yadav of India achieved a significant milestone by reaching 250 international wickets. This accomplishment occurred during India’s match against South Africa at Eden Gardens.
During the game, Kuldeep secured two crucial wickets, dismissing Marco Jansen and Lungi Ngidi while conceding only seven runs in 5.1 overs. This achievement came in his 138th international match, and his overall record stands at 250 wickets with an average of 22.62, including a remarkable best bowling performance of 6/25. In the context of Indian cricket, he ranks as the 19th highest wicket-taker in international matches, with Anil Kumble holding the top position with 953 wickets.
Kuldeep’s Test career comprises eight matches, where he has taken 34 wickets, with a best of 5/40. In 98 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), he has claimed 164 wickets at an average of 25.40, with the same exceptional best bowling figures of 6/25. Furthermore, Kuldeep has represented India in 32 T20Is, where he has taken 52 wickets at an outstanding average of 14.57, with a personal best of 5/24.
Regarding the match against South Africa, India chose to bat first and amassed a total of 326/5 in their allotted 50 overs. Notable contributions were made by Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ravindra Jadeja.
In the chase, South Africa struggled and was never a significant threat. The Indian bowlers, including Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, and Mohammed Shami, combined to restrict South Africa to a mere 83 runs in 27.1 overs. Only a few South African batsmen managed to reach double-digit scores.
Virat Kohli was awarded the ‘Player of the Match’ for his century in this comprehensive victory.