In the time span of 2017-2019, Kuldeep Yadav was India’s ace spinner in all three formats. He along with his partner Yuzvendra Chahal guided India to famous victories both home and away. But in 2019, management lost confidence in him. He was not getting a lot of game time in any formats. Eventually, he lost his confidence in himself and his abilities.
But yesterday, Kuldeep Yadav had an impressive comeback to international cricket. He gave a noteworthy performance in the field by picking 2 wickets against Sri Lanka in the first ODI on Sunday, July 18 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The left-arm wrist-spinner took the wickets of opener Minod Bhanuka and Bhanuka Rajapaksha and gave away 48 runs in his quota of nine overs.
Rahul sir backed and motivated me a lot: Kuldeep Yadav
The left-arm wrist spinner has given Rahul Dravid the credit for his impressive comeback. Speaking of Dravid, he said ‘The Wall’ of Indian cricket had his back during the tough phase. Dravid told him to enjoy his game and believe in the process.
Kuldeep put forth his opinions during the post-match press conference.
“Pressure and nervousness are always there when you play. I was playing after a long time. Initially, there were a lot of conversations, Rahul sir backed me and motivated me a lot. He talked about enjoying the game, believing in the process that we worked on in the last fifteen days without worrying about the result. I am very happy about the good performance,” Kuldeep was quoted as saying.
Kuldeep also spoke about the difficulties of staying in the bio-security bubble. He was in the bubble the longest time and he was not getting any opportunities to play. Out of the players in the playing XI on Sunday, Kuldeep was the only player who did not play a single game in IPL 2021. Even in the previous edition, Kuldeep did not get many games for his franchise Kolkata Knight Riders.
India would want the left-arm wrist spinner to continue to do well as he is a unique talent. There aren’t many left-arm leg spinners in the world that match the quality and talent of Kuldeep.
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