In the past couple of years, the Indian chinaman bowler, Kuldeep Yadav has endured a lot of misfortune in his favor. Kuldeep, who was touted as India’s No 1 overseas spinner by team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri, was not even considered in the squad for the World Test Championship (WTC) final and a five-match series against England. Kuldeep’s childhood coach, Kapil Dev Pandey, said that the left-arm wrist-spinner had shifted complete focus on his bowling after England tour.
Describing the same, during a chat with India Today, Kapil Dev Pandey said, “For the last seven or eight days, when the lockdown rules have been relaxed, we have been working on his bowling, especially on his googly. Kuldeep’s biggest strength is his googly. It has always been his wicket-taking delivery, but he has not been able to bowl it at a good length in recent times. He was bowling one too many loose balls.”
He further explained, “Kuldeep has worked on it, and he is pitching all his googlies on good lengths and is getting a good amount of turn and purchase as well. Kuldeep has always been a wicket-taker and has gone for runs a few times, but now he wants to add another dimension to his bowling. Kuldeep is also working on his stock delivery to check the run flow in the middle overs. Although taking wickets is his priority, he wants to be economical as well.”
Kuldeep was once considered the biggest match-winner in the Indian team. There is no doubt that he has achieved a lot of success, but his effectiveness has been questioned recently. He has been consistently in and out of the Indian squad, and nowadays, he hardly gets to play for his Indian Premier League (IPL) team, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Explaining the same, Kuldeep Yadav’s coach said, “Kuldeep is still a match-winner, but his confidence has gone down because of the lack of matches. On the Australia tour, where he took a five-wicket haul last time, he didn’t get to play a single Test, even when half of the team was injured. In the IPL, when his team is not losing one match after another, while he is warming the bench. I feel the team management has given Kuldeep a step-motherly treatment.”
The Indian team will be locking horns with Sri Lanka in a three-match ODI series followed by a three-match T20I series in the Island nation. All matches will be played at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo. Kapil Dev Pandey believes that his ward will play more matches, and he will shut down the critics with his performance.