- The Indian chinaman, Kuldeep Yadav recalled his first meeting with the legendary Australian spinner, Shane Warne, saying he was introduced to Warne by then India head coach Anil Kumble ahead of Pune Test vs Australia in 2017. The fact that Warne is Yadav’s life-long idol is no secret. The Indian southpaw has in the past revealed how much Warne influenced his bowling.
Talking about the same during a chat with TV presenter Madonna Teixeira on her Instagram show ‘Live Connect’, Kuldeep said, “I met Shane Warne during a Test match in Pune. When I met him for the first time, Anil Kumble was our coach and I had told him I want to meet Shane Warne. When I finally did, I couldn’t say anything for 10 minutes.”
He further added, ” He was talking with Anil Bhai, explaining to him something. I was just listening to both of them. Then finally, I started to talk. We talked a lot. I told him about my plans, about how I feel while bowling, how I try to bowl from different sides of the wicket. He told me ‘You think a lot’.”
Kuldeep Yadav also revealed that Shane Warne helped him in more than one way and the two share a good rapport now.
The Indian chinaman explained, “I met him many times after that. He always used to guide me like a coach. Gradually he became like a friend. I spent a lot of time with him during our Australia tour. I always got the feeling that if I needed someone for suggestions he will be there. I chatted a lot on phone calls and messages.”
Kuldeep said, “When I was very young I never thought I will meet him, get to discuss cricket and bowling with him so it was a very big thing for him.’