The Indian chinaman, Kuldeep Yadav is confident that the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after learning some lessons in the last season. The Indian spinner feels that he was ‘lacking in the basics’ in the last edition owing to playing one too many games, leading to an IPL that could have been better than how it turned out.
Kuldeep said he is confident of ‘100 percent success’ in IPL 2020 whose fate hangs in balance because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In IPL 2019, he only scalped four wickets in nine matches at a poor average of 71.50 and an economy closer to 9. Talking about the same, Yadav said, “I was fully prepared for this IPL 2020 and I had planned a lot. I was 100 percent sure that this IPL would be a success.”
Asked about last season, Kuldeep spoke about why he struggled to get going. He said that before the IPL he didn’t get enough time to train. The biggest learning from 2019 for him was that he did not plan for the season.
Explaining it further Kuldeep said, “There was a lot of cricket in 2019, especially international cricket. So the planning wasn’t good. The involvement wasn’t good either. I don’t think the last IPL was all that bad for me. A leg-spinner’s success is based on the number of wickets he picks. When you don’t pick wickets your confidence drops a bit. I was lacking in the basics. If you are in regular touch with your coach then your basics won’t be affected.”
The chinaman heaped praise on former KKR skipper, Gautam Gambhir, saying he had a “big influence” on his career in his early years at the Knight Riders.
Kuldeep elaborated, “Gauti bhai (Gambhir) had a huge influence on me from the start of my stint at KKR. Not only during the time he was at KKR, but even after that, over these last two years. He always kept me motivated. When you get that kind of confidence from your captain, it becomes a huge plus point for any player. It helps you remain confident, and that translates into good performances.”