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The 25-year-old Indian left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has recently admitted that the former Indian World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni guided him a lot of in his early international career. Still, he is also confident of maintaining his impressive bowling skills even without the presence of Dhoni.
Kuldeep Yadav made his international debut in March 2017 at the age of 22-year-old. He has already played six Tests, 60 ODIs and 21 T20Is where he has picked up 24, 104 and 39 wickets respectively. Kuldeep has also managed two ODI hat-tricks.
Before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Kuldeep had a dream journey in the international career. But since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Kuldeep has struggled to maintain consistency, and he also lost his secured place from the national team.
Kuldeep has recently admitted that MS Dhoni played a crucial role in his career by guiding him from behind the wicket. However, the youngster also claimed that he wasn’t depended on Dhoni, who played the last game for the Indian team during the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on 10th July 2019.
Kuldeep told TOI in a recent interview, “Of course. Mahi bhai has always guided me, because the wicketkeeper is always the best judge of the bowler. Someone like Mahi bhai is experienced and has an idea about how a batsman plays. All of this is teamwork. Just because Mahi bhai hasn’t played after the World Cup, I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. I don’t need to say if I was dependent on him. I can just work towards bettering my craft and as I said, it’s teamwork.”
Yuzvendra Chahal and I have bonded well for years: Kuldeep Yadav
Before the CWC 2019, Kuldeep and the leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal played together in many limited-overs matches, and they were very effective at that time. However, after that World Cup tournament, they haven’t played together for the Indian team yet.
Talking about the absence of their partnership, Kuldeep said, “Wrist spin is not that easy. Chahal and I have bonded well for years. After the World Cup we haven’t played together because it depends on the selection and team combination. You’ve got to be flexible with the team’s requirements.”
Recently, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned applying saliva to the ball for the interim period. Like many others, Kuldeep also feels that it will be a challenge for both the pacers and spinners.
The youngster claimed, “It will be difficult for every bowling unit. It will affect both fast bowlers and spinners because when you get a good shine on the ball, as a spinner it helps you get drift in the air. Not using saliva will be challenging because we have been using it since childhood. It is an instinctive reaction when you get the ball in your hand. Changing that habit will be a challenge.”
While Kuldeep Yadav played the ODIs and T20Is this year, his last Test match was in January 2019 at Sydney. Though he claimed a five-wicket haul in that game, he hasn’t got another opportunity for the Indian Test team yet. The youngster is still waiting to get another opportunity in the white dress.
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