IPL 2018: I Wish to Dismiss Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni – Kuldeep Yadav
Oozing with confidence due to his grand entry in international cricket, Kuldeep Yadav is eyeing some big scalps in the upcoming Indian Premier League.
The Kolkata Knight Riders star made his international debut last year and had become an integral part of the limited-overs team within a short span of time.
He has not looked back since making his debut in Dharamsala Test against Australia. An ODI hat-trick against Australia and most numbers of wickets on the tour of South Africa are some of the highlights of his impressive short international career till date.
And with the form on his side, the chinaman spinner has prepared a bucket list ahead of the eleventh edition of IPL.
In a recent interview, Kuldeep revealed he is looking to dismiss his illustrious teammates Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.
“I would be lying if I said I don’t have any personal goals going into this season of the IPL. I too have a bucket list, and I wish to dismiss Kohli and Dhoni. You don’t get better players of spin bowling, and the IPL is the only tournament when you get to have a go at them. Sometimes I feel I am privileged that I am in the same team as them and don’t need to bowl to them on the international stage (laughs). But this year I want to dismiss them, and this is the tournament that gives me that opportunity,” he told CricketNext.
Kuldeep, who rose to prominence partly due to his IPL exploits, further said the cash-rich league is an important tournament when it comes to making a mark.
“The IPL has always been big, and I have always looked forward to being a part of the tournament. Initially, people would say that it is a format for the batsmen, and there is nothing for the bowlers, but I have always felt that it is the perfect platform for any cricketer if you wish to make a name for yourself and get noticed,” he said.
“You get to play not just against the best in the business, but also get to share the dressing room with some of the big names and learn a lot from the professionalism and the dedication that is on display,” he said.
Kuldeep then went on to thank his former Knight Rides teammate and fellow chinaman spinner Brad Hogg for giving him crucial inputs.
“I have picked on his brain through the years. Our art is anyway rare. I feel I was lucky to have someone like him in my own team. It helped to get to see him from close quarters. I was always open to his ideas and tried to learn as much as I could,” he said.
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