Cricket: Kuldeep revels in dream Dharamsala debut

Four Australia batsmen fell to Kuldeep Yadav as the youngster excelled on Test debut. "I can't ask for more," said the left-arm spinner.

Kuldeep Yadav reflected on a "dream" first day of Test action after taking four wickets to boost India's hopes of winning the series-decider with Australia in Dharamsala.

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep, 22, was handed his maiden cap on Saturday when Virat Kohli failed to overcome a shoulder injury - India opting to replace their captain with an additional frontline bowling option.

And the debutant duly justified his selection with figures of 4-68 as India fought back from a poor opening session to restrict Australia, who had won the toss, to 300 all out despite another hundred from Steve Smith.

In a televised interview at the close of play, Kuldeep said: "I'm very happy. It's a dream come true for me, actually playing a Test match and performing like this. I can't ask for more.

"It's really amazing to perform like this in a debut match, so I'm very happy."

Despite being thrust into India's team for a crucial match, with the series locked at 1-1, Kuldeep appeared relaxed and comfortable as he accounted for David Warner, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins.

"Initially I was nervous when I was standing at fine-leg for the first over, later I felt like it was normal for me," he explained.

"The wicket was very good to bat on and the ball was not turning much, but it was skidding on so there's obviously a little bit there for the spinners. I just bowled wicket-to-wicket and was concentrating on where to bowl and the variations.

"It's a very happy feeling and I have no words to say."

India were left with one over to bat after dismissing their tourists, with KL Rahul playing out a maiden from Josh Hazlewood.

 

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