Kuldeep Yadav’s 3/13 fetched him the Player of the Match award after India’s five-wicket victory in the first Twenty20 International against the Windies, and the bowler thanked familiar conditions at Eden Gardens for his success.
Yadav has the experience of playing at the ground as he plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, who play their home games at Eden. On Sunday, that experience came to the fore.
“Definitely, it (knowing the conditions) plays a part,” Yadav said after the match. “It’s been five years with KKR. I have played all the IPL games here. It gives you a massive advantage when you play a lot of matches, like I have played at Eden Gardens. I know the ground, I know the conditions, I know the wicket as well, so everything is in my favour.”
Dinesh Karthik, who steered the Indian chase of 110 with a steely 31*, also played the last IPL with Kolkata.
“He (Karthik) batted really well,” Yadav said of his Knight Riders captain. “Because the conditions were in his favour. He led KKR in the last IPL season so was well aware of the conditions.
“It was also difficult because there were wickets falling at the other end and you had to rein yourself in. It was a very important innings for us. Credit goes to him.”