England pacer Mark Wood would have surely fueled the Indian team before the series-deciding game at Headingley, London. His remark was specifically pointed at the Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who became an overnight sensation over the English pitches following his back-breaking performance against England in the T20 and ODI games played on this tour till date.
Kuldeep’s figures gave nightmares under broad daylight to the Englishmen
The 23-year-old Indian chinaman has surely given the English team some horrific memories, they wish never to have witnessed in the first place. Yadav single-handedly cremated the England cricket team on the very first game of both T20Is and ODIs and helped the Indian unit in drawing the first blood over the opponents in the gruelling series.
His 25-6 in the 1st ODI and 68-3 in the 2nd ODI games had created an uproar in the English side regarding the Indian chinaman bowler. His ability to take wickets on English pitches have brought him accolades from cricket fraternity across the World.
Mark Wood on Kuldeep’s spin prowess
“It’s definitely a plus point for our players to bat well against him. I know he still took wickets, but we managed to get some runs against him and put him under a little bit of pressure,” said the 28-year old when asked about Kuldeep Yadav’s in the pre-match discussion.
He further added,” I think the main thing is he keeps wickets in the first over. So I think that’s the key going into this game. If he gets a wicket in early overs, his confidence is up. So if we can try to nullify that wicket-taking option that he’s got straight away, then hopefully we can shift the momentum against him to us.”
The English pacer also mentioned the mindset they’d be deploying in this nerve-wracking contest.
“Momentum is the right word. There was a disappointment after the 1st game. We knew what we needed to address to get the second game right. It was a big perforamnce in that game, a great win. Eoin Morgan keeps the side pretty even making sure highs are not too high or lows too low. We knew we needed to get better. It wasn’t doom and gloom. We just knew what we needed to get better,” said the 27-year-old who had a terrific day at work in the 2nd game, as he registered figures of 31-1 in his 5 overs play.
Wood on the mindset they would be deploying in the final duel
Though Wood did blurt out the tactics they would be employing against Kuldeep in the final contest, he also mentiond how technically strong the Indian team is at the moment, and it would be a humongous task to knock them out of the contest.
“It is two very good sides, so when one is on top, they are really on top. We have a few batsmen down the order who can score quickly. David Willey came in the other day when it was a little bit sticky and he managed to really press on. So I think big games call for big players. I definitely know Virat Kohli will be right up for it and he’s the biggest of all,” said the English pacer.
One thing’s for sure. The deciding battle would be one hell of a scintillating contest between the ODI giants in the race to clinch the ODI trophy in the final battle.