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India’s Chinaman, Kuldeep Yadav has begun individual training as cricket plans its way out, bowling four hours daily, and is striving hard to curb his natural instinct of applying saliva on the ball. With lockdown restrictions being eased out, the Indian team management urging players to start their skill training at the local level.
Kuldeep under the guidance of his childhood coach Kapil Pandey is sweating it out at the local Rovers ground, where he learnt all his cricket. ICC has banned the use of saliva, but players can use sweat to shine the ball. Kuldeep is trying to refrain from its use.
Now, Kuldeep has opened up on his training regime and how he is avoiding the usage of saliva to shine the ball in the wake of the new guidelines issued by ICC.
Kuldeep Yadav Opens Up On His Training Regime
“I have started training at the Rovers ground in Lal Bangla area. In fact I am doing two sessions per day. In the morning from 7:30 to 9 am, I do my physical training. Then I go back home and comeback in the evening. From 4 pm to 8 pm, I am regularly bowling in the nets,” Kuldeep told PTI Bhasha during an interaction.
“It’s only been a week that I have started outdoor training. All this while, I was at home maintaining social distancing norms. Now I believe within next few weeks, I would be ready for competitive cricket as and when it starts,” said Yadav, who has played 6 Tests, 60 ODIs and 21 T20 Internationals for the country.
I Am Trying To Get Rid Of The Old Habit: Kuldeep Yadav
For the 25-year-old, the biggest concern is controlling the habit of using saliva, something that he feels is conditioned to follow.
“Look, since childhood, we have this habit of applying saliva on the ball to keep the shine. With new ICC rules in place, I am trying to get rid of the habit,” Kuldeep Yadav said.
“I believe it needs to be imbibed in training sessions first. Hopefully, we will have some alternative in place,” said Kuldeep, who already has 167 international wickets, across formats, in his kitty,” he added.