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Indian fast bowler Mukesh Kumar, who has been making a name for himself, achieved a significant milestone by taking his first One Day International (ODI) wicket in his debut match against West Indies. Kumar, making his presence felt in the fourth over of the game, cleverly deceived batsman Alick Athanaze with a well-executed short delivery that led to his dismissal as he edged it to the fielder positioned at backward point.
Mukesh Kumar, hailing from Gopalganj, Bihar, is a talented right-arm medium-fast bowler who garnered attention in the cricketing sphere when he made his debut for the Indian national team on July 20th, 2023. At the age of 29, he became the 308th player to don the Indian Test cricket jersey, a significant achievement in his career. His inaugural match took place against the West Indies, where he showcased his skill and composed demeanor by dismissing Kirk McKenzie and Alick Athanaze, two notable batsmen. This exceptional performance served as a testament to Mukesh Kumar’s ability to excel on the field.
In the year 2023, an intriguing twist took place in Mukesh’s cricketing journey when he secured a spot in the highly anticipated Indian Premier League (IPL). He was sought after by the Delhi franchise and was successfully acquired for a substantial amount of Rs 5.50 Cr during the highly competitive IPL Auction 2023. It was during one particular match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad that Mukesh truly stood out. In a thrilling turn of events, he showcased his exceptional skills by skillfully defending a mere 12 runs in the final over of the match, ultimately leading the Delhi team to a remarkable victory.
Kumar’s debut marks a significant transition for the Indian cricket team, as they strategically build a cohort of fast bowlers to compensate for the injuries incurred by Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna. In light of Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj’s absence from the ODI series, India made a strategic decision to field an attacking bowling lineup consisting of Sharul Thakur, Umran Malik, Hardik Pandya, and Mukesh Kumar. The relentless pace attack from India played a dominant role throughout the game, and when the pitch conditions started to favor spin, Ravindra Jadeja took charge and controlled the proceedings in the Test match. The team displayed a well-rounded performance, excelling with both their pace and spin departments.
As of the present moment, the West Indies cricket team has scored 99 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 18.2 overs.