After they whitewashed Australia 5-0 in their ODI series and won the only T20, hopes were high against India.
"That is something I have learnt very early on, and today I am not scared of getting hit", said Kuldeep after his impressive haul.
"We have actually been able to create flat wickets into wicket-taking wickets with the variety we have in the attack", skipper Kohli had said, referring to his wrist-spinners before the team departed for the United Kingdom tour.
With only 30 needed from more than seven overs, he and Rahul took their time, dealing in singles, but it only delayed the inevitable.
With India comfortably placed at 103/1 midway through the innings, Rohit too stepped up the gas by launching Rashid for a towering six over mid wicket before falling to the same bowler. Jos Buttler was batting well against me.
"Obviously they are quality batsmen and it's a good feeling when you take two wickets on the trot". So did Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0/44 in 4 overs).
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The second T20I will be played in Cardiff on Friday, and Kuldeep warned that a repeat performance is not a surety although he will strive for that.
England's batsmen were "completely deceived" by Kuldeep Yadav in the opening Twenty20 global against India, conceded skipper Eoin Morgan, saying his side will have to revisit its plans on tackling the wrist spinner.
The left-arm wrist-spin of Kuldeep Yadav proved an indecipherable code for England's batsmen as a sea of blue at Old Trafford roared India on to victory in the first of three Twenty20s between these two sides.
"We were probably about 30 or 40 short", said Morgan.
After Hardik Pandya made inroads in the top-order, Kuldeep's 4/57 cleaned up the lower middle order and South Africa were bowled out for just 201. The crafty spinners have been troubling oppositions at will as they have been able to take wickets consistently in the middle overs even in unhelpful conditions.
Going into the Manchester ODI on Tuesday, all eyes were on Dhoni, who was just a catch away from striking a half-century there but all he could be involved were the two stumpings he enforced that dismissed Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root on two consecutive deliveries. "I always try to do what I can do", he said, while talking about the innings-changing 14th over when he ripped out the guts of the England line-up with three wickets in four balls.
KL Rahul's unbeaten 101 from 54 balls may have knocked off the runs with 10 balls to spare in a blaze of 10 fours and five sixes but there was no question where the difference lay; Kuldeep's earlier figures of five for 24 had reduced a befuddled England to 159 for eight from 20 overs. Rahul continued his glorious run with the bat, dominating the partnership with Rohit, who uncharacteristically played the ideal second fiddle to the Karnataka youngster. Meanwhile, here we look at 5 star Indian cricketers, who may call it a day from worldwide cricket before the World Cup.