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Kuldeep’s India absence is a’management call,’ as Umesh hails Unadkat’s return.

Kuldeep Yadav’s exclusion from India’s squad to face Bangladesh was a “management call”, with team-mate Umesh Yadav describing the decisions as something people had to accept.

The fast bowler took eight wickets as the tourists sealed the first Test in Chittagong in style and was expected to keep his place for the second and final game in Mirpur.

But Kuldeep was excluded to make way for an additional pace option in Jaydev Unadkat, who played his first red-ball match for India in over a decade in his place.

The call from coach Rahul Dravid caught many by surprise, but Umesh was unmoved in his post-stumps assessment, simply indicating his omission was nothing out of the ordinary.

“It’s part of your journey,” he said. “It happened to me. Sometimes you are out of the team because of performance.

“Sometimes it’s a management call. You have to go with the team’s requirements. It’s good for him.”

Unadkat, playing in his second Test match a dozen years after he debuted as a teenager at Centurion against South Africa, repaid the faith with two wickets, including that of first-Test centurion Zakir Hasan.

Umesh was delighted to see him earn a second chance, adding: “When he made his debut, I was with him in South Africa. I’m very happy that he finally got his chance.

“When he came in to bowl with the new ball, [it] was doing a bit. We know [he] can swing it both ways, so he just had to keep bowling in the right areas.”

India will resume on day two in Mirpur trailing by 208 runs.

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