Star India player Kuldeep Yadav credited wicketkeeper KL Rahul for the successful planning of Sadeera Samarawickrama’s dismissal during the India vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup Super Fours encounter in Colombo on Tuesday, September 12 as well. However, Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka made a crucial partnership and was almost took the game away from India. This is when Rahul stepped in and asked Kuldeep to change the line of attack. It worked well as the partnership was broken through Samarawickrama’s stumping as well.
Speaking to Suryakumar Yadav in a video posted by BCCI, Kuldeep Yadav said: “KL bhai had told me to spin the ball from outside the off-stump. I was bowling on the middle stump line and that was a bit easier for the batter to manage. So KL bhai told me to get the ball outside the off-stump line and that worked well because I also got a lot of drift. So I would thank KL Bhai for that.”
Kuldeep Yadav also thanked Suryakumar for the pep talk that helped him not get complacent.
He further added: “I was confident after picking the five-wicket haul, but there was a bit of complacency and a pep talk with you (SKY) for two minutes made me understand that I need to be hungry once again for the wickets today for my team and should not slack because of the five wickets. So thank you Surya Bhai for that.”
However, Team India played three consecutive days in the Asia Cup 2023 and it could have taken a lot of toll on their body as well. However, Kuldeep Yadav explained how he kept himself mentally and physically fresh for the games against Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well.
“When you play for India, you’re always motivated to do well. Even if you have done well in the last game, you want to carry that form and keep on doing well. I have been playing for a while and I didn’t want to drop off from the performance level. A lot of people have helped me in that and you’re (SKY) one of them,” Kuldeep Yadav concluded.