Former Indian opener, Wasim Jaffer has showered immense praise on Kuldeep Yadav, saying he has shown remarkable consistency for the national side. India will be hosting New Zealand in the first T20I of the three-match series in Ranchi. Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Jaffer said that Kuldeep has potential and has proved that in the last couple of series for India.
Wasim Jaffer explained, “It happens with wrist spinners. When their form is good, when the ball comes out of their hands well, they take wickets. He has proved in the last two series by taking big wickets and giving breakthroughs at critical stages. So, he has that potential.”
The 44-year-old said Kuldeep didn’t get a chance earlier but hailed his efforts whenever he is presented with an opportunity to start for India.
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Elaborating the same, Wasim Jaffer said, “He wasn’t given the chance earlier. Since Axar Patel isn’t there, the management has given him a consistent run. He plays a match, gets dropped, returns, performs, and gets axed again. So, it’s not easy for any player.”
Former Indian opener opined that Kuldeep has shown remarkable consistency, adding that he expects him to get a chance against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar series as well.
Wasim Jaffer elaborated saying, “But he has shown remarkable consistency and I won’t be surprised if he does well in this series. I expect him to get a chance against Australia as well.”
Jaffer also touched upon Arshdeep Singh, saying he expects him to make a strong comeback after going through a lean spell.
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Praising Arshdeep, Wasim Jaffer said, “All three bowlers played in the last T20I series and did well. Arshdeep Singh has been slightly out of form, but I am sure that the way he bowls, he will bounce back in this series. If he is not there, we might get an inexperienced bowling unit, given both Mavi and Malik haven’t played a lot of games.”