Kuldeep Yadav names former spinner he follows to improve himself


India’s young bowling sensation Kuldeep Yadav has recently shared from whom he gets the inspiration to do well and it’s none other than former Australian spin bowling legend Shane Warne. Kuldeep Yadav, who will be seen leading Kolkata Knight Riders’ spin-attack alongside Sunil Narine in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) and he has admitted that he still learns to rectify his mistakes in bowling by looking at Shane Warne’s videos.

“I have troubled my coach a lot but even now I correct my bowling looking at Warne’s videos,” Kuldeep Yadav said in the latest episode of Knights Unplugged for the KKR website.

Earlier in an interview with Hindustan Times he opened up about his special relationship with the former spin legend.

“I watched him bowl in the 2005 Ashes series and from that day I wanted to become a bowler like him. He became my idol. I met him for the first time in Pune when we played a Test match against Australia. We spoke about a lot of things and when I went to Australia he helped me with a lot of tips,” he said.

“Ravi (Shastri) sir and Bharat Arun sir helped me understand what Warne was trying to convey to me. Every morning he came up with new ideas and helped me become stronger mentally and in terms of cricket skills. He is very close to me now and we chat on WhatsApp regularly,” Kuldeep further added.

Kuldeep Yadav has picked up 39 wickets in his 40 IPL games for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). However, he had a poor show in 2019 where he could manage only 4 wickets from 9 matches. But he is all set to play in this year’s IPL.

The 2020 edition of IPL will take place from September 19 and the 53-day tournament will end on November 10 in the UAE across three venues –Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. The tournament was earlier slated to take place in March but owing to COVID-19, it failed to take place and now took over the window of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after its postponement.

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