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Fans show their appreciation for Kuldeep Yadav’s 131-ball innings against England, calling him “a warrior.”

In the first innings of the 4th Test match against England, Kuldeep Yadav was instrumental in stopping India’s apparently unstoppable collapse, demonstrating how long the country’s tail might wag.

Encouraged by the undefeated century of star batsman Joe Root, England amassed a commanding 353 runs in the first session, taking their opportunities with the ball.

Even with a valiant 73-run effort by Yashasvi Jaiswal, India lost all of its middle and upper order batsmen and lost seven wickets at a meager 177 runs. Then, it was up to wicketkeeper Dhruv Jurel and leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav to find a way to assist India get back into the match. And they did put up a fight.

With a partnership that saved an innings and was the third-highest eighth wicket partnership for India in this series, the two batsmen stood tall and braved the storm for the remainder of the day yesterday, gradually chipping away at the target with some well-timed boundaries and steady running.

While Jurel was tasked with scoring the majority of the runs, an experienced Kuldeep performed admirably, both defensively and throughout the day. The leg-spinner took 131 deliveries, more than any other Indian batter had faced before being removed by James Anderson.

Additionally, Kuldeep faced the most balls in an innings in his career at this point.

Everyone who saw the leg-spinner’s courage and resolve to step in and form an incredible partnership was impressed, and this led to Kuldeep receiving a lot of positive feedback on social media.

Fans were also captivated by Kuldeep’s elegant reverse-sweep that reached the boundary off Tom Hartley.

Pragyan Ojha, a former spinner for India, also praised both batsmen on X, saying that they helped the team recover their footing just when they needed it.

When England resumes play after noon, India will behind by 46 runs after being knocked out for 307 runs in the first innings.

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