If You Are Not Taking Wickets For The Team Then You Are An Ordinary Bowler: Kuldeep Yadav
The ongoing series in Sri Lanka has not panned as per plans for Kuldeep Yadav. After spin spearheads Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were rested for the series, speculations were rife that the highly-rated chinaman spinner would be thickly involved in action during the One-Day International series. However, surprisingly, the bowler is yet to make it to the playing eleven while Team India has already sealed the series by winning the first three ODIs. What will disappoint him more that he had entered the ODI series on the back of some impressive performances in the limited opportunities?
But the youngster was in high spirits when he interacted with the reporters ahead of the fourth ODI, speaking on his thought process and how he approaches different formats of the game.
“My thought process is very simple. Taking wickets should be a habit for the bowlers. If you are not taking wickets for the team then you are an ordinary bowler. Taking even 2-3 wickets is beneficial for the team and my bowling style is only about taking wickets,” said Kuldeep.
“There is a lot of change, red ball to white ball. It is a bit difficult when you come from Test cricket to ODIs as the batsmen look to attack you more in limited overs cricket. While in Test cricket you have to work harder to get wickets, ODI cricket too is challenging as you only have 10 overs to bowl and the batsmen are taking chances against you to score more runs,” he added.
The 22-year old further insisted restricting runs is not his style and reiterated the importance of taking wickets.
“My style isn’t about restricting runs. If I try to restrict runs I will probably end up conceding more runs. So, I look to take wickets so that the team benefits from it and the opposition also comes under pressure. It is good for the team as the more you take wickets the more it is better to get them bowled out quickly,” he added.
Since making his Test debut earlier this year against Australia, Kuldeep has not managed to play too many games but has made the most of the limited chances. After taking 4 crucial wickets on his debut, the left-arm spinner 22-year finished the five-match ODI series in West Indies as its highest wicket-taker with eight wickets.
He also impressed during the two-day warm-up game against Sri Lanka Board President’s XI, picking up four wickets before continuing his impressive show in the Test series too, taking up five wickets in the only opportunity he got during the third Test.
“As spinners play more games, they keep on improving. In the last six months, I have learned a lot from the bowling point of view, especially how you can handle pressure. As you face better batsmen, you will feel pressure and how you overcome that, these things you learn when you play matches. And in these six months, I have learned a lot about my bowling. I keep working in the nets and hopefully in the future, if I keep playing, I will earn more experience like this,” Kuldeep said.
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