Ever since the 2019 World Cup got over, the sight of India fielding both their wristspinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal together in a playing XI has become rare. The duo has been known for taking wickets in partnerships that they did in the ODI World Cup as they not only tied down the opposition in the middle overs but also took wickets with some tight bowling.
However, the trend has since changed after some unfavorable results. Explaining the change in strategy, Kuldeep says the decision depends on team combination.
During a chat with Times of India, the chinaman explained, “Wrist spin is not that easy. Chahal and I have bonded well for years. After the World Cup we haven’t played together because it depends on the selection and team combination. You’ve got to be flexible with the team’s requirements.”
The chinaman has time and again talked about the influence of MS Dhoni on his bowling as the veteran constantly guides him and other bowlers from behind the stumps.
There has been a lot of debate around the saliva ban in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. And Kuldeep reckons that the ban will affect both the pacers and spinners and the habit will be hard to give up.
Kuldeep explained, “It (saliva ban) will be difficult for every bowling unit. It will affect both fast bowlers and spinners because when you get a good shine on the ball, as a spinner it helps you get drift in the air. Not using saliva will be challenging because we have been using it since childhood. It is an instinctive reaction when you get the ball in your hand. Changing that habit will be a challenge.”
During the lockdown period, the spinner has been observing videos of his bowling and has identified a few things which he will workaround.
The chinaman elaborated, “We needed a break, but this has been too long. Safety comes first. If you are not active in your profession, you tend to miss it. I have been watching a lot of videos of my bowling. There are a few fine things that I have noticed, and I will work around these small observations.”