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Former Indian spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan reckons chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav has to develop more variations to be successful. Kuldeep has impressed with his skills but Sivaramakrishnan feels the wrist-spinner needs to add more arrows in his quiver. Laxman believes Kuldeep would be more effective if he develops a top spinner and then he can trouble the batsman with more bounce.
It is known that a bowler must keep on developing his skills to survive at the top level. With so much technology, the batsman starts picking the bowlers after going through the videos and the bowlers must keep strengthening their arsenal. The same has been the case with Kuldeep Yadav. The wrist-spinner hasn’t been in the best of forms after the World Cup and he hasn’t been consistently part of the team’s playing XI.
Kuldeep Yadav has veered off the track
Kuldeep had a great start to his career in the first two years, 2017 and 2018. However, since 2019 he hasn’t come up with the best. In his last 27 ODI matches since start of 2019, he has scalped 37 wickets at an average of 37.18.
“He has to develop more variations. He has got a good deceptive googly, but he has to develop a top spinner,” Siva said during an online chat with WV Raman in the latter’s show ‘Inside Out’.
“When you bowl a top-spinner it’s not only over spinning but also dips on the batsman and has an extra bit of bounce. The top spinner instead hits the top of the bat. Developing the top spinner is not difficult because the wrist position is between a googly and a leg break so much easier to demonstrate and it just needs a bit of patience and hard work to bowl the top spinner,” Sivaramakrishnan added.
The former Indian leg-spinner feels the modern-day spinner start bowling fast if they are hit for boundaries. However, the fast bowlers start bowling slow, if they are taken to the cleaners. It is imperative for the spinner to not give pace on the ball, so that ball doesn’t come on to the bat.
“Modern-day spinners bowl quicker the moment they are hit. That means the ball will come on to the bat nicely. When a fast bowler gets hit, he bowls slower deliveries to take the pace off the ball,” Siva said.
Kuldeep Yadav has scalped 104 wickets in 60 ODI matches whereas he has snared 39 wickets in 20 T20I matches. However, in the recent past, Kuldeep has been on the expensive side and he hasn’t been able to get the wickets. Thus, he would like to turn the tables when he comes back to action.