India vs England: Adil Rashid revels in claiming Virat Kohli’s wicket
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India vs England: Adil Rashid revels in claiming Virat Kohli’s wicket

Adil Rashid started the series slowly before coming up with a match-winning effort in the final ODI with three big wickets to derail India.

cricket Updated: Jul 18, 2018 12:02 IST
Sanjjeev K Samyal
Sanjjeev K Samyal
Hindustan Times, Leeds
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England's Adil Rashid celebrates taking the wicket of India's Virat Kohli during the third ODI at Headingley, Britain on July 17, 2018. (Action Images via Reuters)

At the start of the three-match one-day series, one of the players under most pressure was Adil Rashid. He was up against India’s wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal and comparisons were inevitable. (IND v ENG 3rd ODI HIGHLIGHTS) (FULL SCORECARD)

Given the Indian duo’s recent success rate, no one gave the home team tweakers much of a chance.To their credit, Adil Rashid’s impact on the series proved to be the opposite of the Indian spinners.

The England leg-spinner started slowly before coming up with a match-winning effort in the final ODI with three big wickets to derail India.

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On the other hand, the Indian spinners failed to make an impact in the final game, returning without a wicket.

On Tuesday, with a dream spell of 10-0-49-3, Rashid put England right on top in the decisive game. It was his double strike in the 31st over that knocked the wind out of the Indian innings.

Playing at his homeground, Headingley, the leg-spinner produced the ball of the series to knock Kohli’s off stump with a delivery which pitched outside leg and turned across to the disbelief of the India captain.

Sursh Raina was also consumed on the last ball of the over, the batsman turning a leg spinner into the hands of the leg slip fielder.

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“(Virat Kohli’s wicket was) Definitely the most satisfying. VK is one of the best players in the world. It’s one of those deliveries that comes out nice, pitches on leg and hits off. It would be nice to bowl that every time, it came out nicely,” said Rashid.

In fact, the England spinners took Kohli’s wicket in all the three games. It was a strange series for the India captain as his main challenge was to come from the pacers but was outwitted by Rashid and Moeen.

Talking about the transformation from the first game at Trent Bridge where nothing went right for England and lost by eight wickets to the match-winning show at Leeds, Rashid said: “Going to every game, every ground, you’ve got to adjust. At Notts we didn’t get a big score on the board, they got away from us, at Lord’s the pitch helped the spinners and here again.

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“You’ve got to stick to your strengths then quickly adapt to finding the right pace for the pitch. It’s bowling my variations, being confident in that, that’s my strength.”

Having been in the circuit for a long time now, the challenge for bowlers’ like Rashid is to keep on reinventing themselves or they will become easy fodder for the batsmen.

First Published: Jul 18, 2018 11:31 IST