For Kuldeep Yadav, the third Test at Kandy is an ideal opportunity to cement his spot in the team ahead of the upcoming hectic home season. Post making his Test debut at Dharamshala, where his spell in the first innings rattled Australia, the chinaman proved his versatility in the shorter formats, as he was among the wickets in the Caribbean.
On helpful wickets, the threat possessed by Yadav simply amplifies as he can extract more from the track. In the warm up game before the ongoing Test series, the chinaman spinner took four wickets to clean up the hosts’ lower order. With Ravindra Jadeja now set to miss the third game of the series, all attention is now on Yadav to be among the wickets.
Ahead of the game in Kandy, the young spin sensation opened up in an interview and spoke about being excited for his next challenge in store.
“Obviously there is excitement. I was excited to play my debut Test as well. So if I get a chance to play in Sri Lanka I will be very happy because this will be a result of my hard work. While I am excited, I am also nervous because I want to perform,” Kuldeep said.
Kuldeep added that it wasn’t easy for him to get into the side, with established spinners like R. Ashwin and Jadeja already ruling the roost.
“Definitely you will have to wait for your chance if the No. 1 and No. 2 spinners in the world are in the same Test squad. You cannot walk into the team so easily and you have to wait as that’s the rule of cricket. I try to stay with them mostly and keep talking to them and they help me a lot. So I have learnt a lot from them especially playing Test cricket with them.”
Adding on his relationship with bowling coach Bharat Arun, he said,
“I have also been working with Bharat Arun for the past 10 years, ever since I was playing in Under-16 and then in Under-19 cricket too. I share a lot of things with him and he tells me a lot about bowling as well. He has been seeing me ever since I was a junior cricketer and he knows what I should do and what not to do,” he added.