Former Indian cricketer, Maninder Singh has lauded Kuldeep Yadav for his hard work which has led to tremendous performances in recent times, stating such performances can earn him a place in the 2023 World Cup squad. He discussed how the leg-spinner had suffered a lean patch but his work ethic has helped him return brimming with confidence. During his stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Kuldeep Yadav went from being one of India’s most promising bowlers to another lost talent.
Kuldeep lost his place in Team India and it broke the successful partnership with Yuzvendra Chahal, which had come to be known as ‘Kulcha’, while also struggling to find a place in the Indian Premier League. However, a transfer to the Delhi Capital ahead of IPL 2022 changed all of that as he scalped 21 wickets, forcing his way back into the Indian setup.
After a patient wait, Yadav got a chance to play in the final T20I in Florida, which was only his second T20I on over a year. The spinner passed with flying colors, returning figures of 4-1-12-3, thus impressing former Indian cricketer Maninder Singh.
Describing the same, during a chat with Times of India, Maninder Singh said, “Kuldeep Yadav’s performance had started to go down. But the way he made a comeback while playing for Delhi Capitals this year, it showed that he had worked hard. Seeing a player’s expressions when on the field and body language is enough to say that the player had worked hard when coming back to playing cricket.”
He concluded, “The great performance he had for Delhi Capitals and the confidence he got from there was there to see on the field in the (recent) international cricket match (fifth T20I against West Indies).”