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We are just a couple of days away from the start of the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup with hosts England slated to take on England on 30th May. Meanwhile, the Men in Blue who plays their first game against the Proteas on 5th June starts the tournament as one of the prime contenders to lift the title. Their hopes of going all the way in the World Cup will certainly depend a lot on how the wrist spinning duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal performs.
In the last couple of years, the spin twin has been a revelation for Indian cricket. They have bagged wickets on a consistent basis and has controlled the game in the middle overs very well. Both Kuldeep and Chahal are sensational bowlers and have literally forced the likes of Ashwin and Jadeja to remain out of the side. The duo complements each other very well.
During an exclusive interview with the Times of India, Kuldeep Yadav revealed that he has a great bond with Chahal and the two bowl in partnerships. If Kuldeep is getting the wickets, Chahal plays the waiting game and vice versa. Hence the dup has been so successful in international cricket.
“ We (Chahal and I) understand and back each other on the field. We have a great bond on and off the field. In ODIs, the middle overs are very crucial, so we try to take as many wickets as possible in the middle overs and control the flow of runs for our team. That’s what Chahal and I have been doing and will continue to do in the World Cup,” Kuldeep Yadav was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
Sometimes we (Chahal and I) fail, but we learn and move on. The way we both are playing, I am sure we together can do the job for India at the World Cup,” a confident Kuldeep said. He also added that given the performance of the team in the recent past he is sure that India will bring the Cup back home.
“Definitely, the way the team is performing under Kohli, I am sure we will win the title in England. We have been playing a lot of cricket. I played the IPL and wanted to remain physically and mentally fit for the World Cup. I have practised hard and worked on my variations. I am excited and want to do well for India at the World Cup,” he said.
Meanwhile, he further added that when you require a solution to a problem, always approach MS Dhoni as he has a solution for everything. Time and again we have seen MS Dhoni trying to give indications to the spinners on the areas to bowl at and when the batsmen is thinking something different.
“I would say when in doubt, reach out to Dhoni. He has a solution for every problem. Everyone looks up to him (Dhoni),” Kuldeep said. When I bowl, I find it difficult to set the field sometimes. I look at Mahi bhai and he understands immediately that I need his help.
He comes up to me and helps me. It’s not just me, he helps every bowler in the team,” Kuldeep said. “ Mahi bhai understands a batsman’s body language quickly and then he tells us the areas where we should bowl to him. And it often works in our favour. Kohli and Dhoni are the backbones of our team. Dhoni gives us freedom and Kohli boosts our confidence,” Kuldeep Yadav concluded.