Australian captain Steve Smith reckons that India’s chinaman Kuldeep Yadav will play a crucial role in creating havoc for their team in the upcoming ODI series starting Sunday.
The visitors called in local left-arm wrist spinner to help prepare for Kuldeep’s guile during net practice in Chennai. Former India batsman Sridharan Sriram, a spin consultant for Australia has approached Delhi Daredevils player KK Jiyas ahead of the ODI series for practice sessions.
In his debut Test, Kuldeep impressed one and all by taking four wickets in India’s series-clinching win in Dharamsala this year. However, Smith feels that left arm talents are rare “around the world”. He said, “They’re different so it’s good to be able to get someone who bowls a bit of that.”
He further added, “He is a good young talent and can be difficult to pick at times. He’s someone who you have to watch really closely. Hopefully we can put him under pressure early in his spell and try and take him for as many as we can.”
Australian skipper also asserted that top-order runs would be key in what he expected would be a high-scoring affair. He said, “We saw that the last time we came here in 2013 it was a run-fest where 350 was around par. If the wickets are the same, you need someone in the top four to make a really big score.”
Without unveiling the team combination, Smith said that despite losing opener Aaron Finch to injury Travis head will continue to bat at number four.