Smith and Warner took Australia to 144 for the loss of just one wicket, but Kuldeep's post-lunch spell turned the favour of the opening day, and Wade admitted Australia had squandered their positive start.

The hosts received a jolt even before a ball was bowled when regular skipper Virat Kohli was ruled out of the match with a shoulder injury he had sustained in the drawn third Test in Ranchi. However, he found his groove after lunch when he bamboozled the Australian batsmen left, right and centre. The debutant was trusted by stand-in captain Rahane over top-ranked Test bowlers Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin and he repaid the faith of his skipper.

Leg spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, who handed Kuldeep the cap ahead of the match in the morning, captured 12 wickets in his first home Test - second overall, the teenager bowling India to an eight-wicket win over England at Mumbai in 1984.

Kuldeep, who took 5/60 for India A against an England XI before the previous Test series, showed great composure as he struck an excellent length to force the batsmen to play him.

The Australia camp was focused on the impending captaincy change, with Ajinkya Rahane expected to take over, and the possible opportunity a weakened batting line-up would present their bowlers.

"Dream come true for me. Now he has promised me to meet again and hold a training session with me".

"But it was credit to the Indians, they bowled really well through the middle session and we had to find a way to grind out 300".

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Speaking about his bowling style, the youngster said: "I think people find it hard as normally not many bowl chinaman".

Kuldeep Yadav, the Chinaman bowler became a sensation in a matter of sensation as he helped India get back into the virtual final of Border-Gavaskar Trophy at Dharamsala. The plan was to not give them more than 70 to 80 runs.

His length, in particular, was exquisite, something which is truly rare among wrist spinners, who tend to serve up a decent number of long hops, half volleys and full tosses.

Australia were 131 for 1 when they came out to bat for the second session. Obviously, if you are giving away 80 runs, you are bound to get wickets.

Though he was in the reckoning for quite some time, Kuldeep had to wait for his debut. I assured him that I will be getting my chance for sure because I had confidence after I bowled at the nets.

"My personal coach always told me that you will get lot of wickets when you play, so he was a bit upset that I was not being picked".


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