KOLKATA: Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who became only the third Indian in ODIs to grab a hat-trick, achieving the feat against Australia in the second ODI, has a long way to go and is an asset for India, former skipper Sourav Ganguly said on Thursday.
“It was a special spell. He bowled brilliantly. He still has a long way to go and is an asset for the team,” Ganguly told reporters.
Kuldeep returned figures of 3/54, taking three consecutive wickets of Mathew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins in the 33rd over to become the second bowler in limited overs cricket to script a hat-trick at this venue and only the third Indian to record the rare feat in 50 overs cricket.
The other Indians to get hat-tricks are Kapil Dev and Chetan Sharma, with Dev grabbing his treble at the Eden against Sri Lanka in 1991 while Sharma bagged it in 1987 at Nagpur.