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New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who has struggled to get a consistent run in the Indian team for the past two years, has claimed his demand for a fresh look at him after a hard-hitting performance, which helped his Delhi Capitals team beat Mumbai Indians by four wickets in their first match of IPL 2022.

While Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma and fly-half Ishan Kishan were very good, Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant turned to Kuldeep for the breakthrough, and the 27-year-old spinner from Kanpur responded beautifully in claiming 3/18 in his four overs that put the brakes on the Mumbai Indians’ innings.

During his game-changing bowling stint, the spinner claimed crucial wickets from India skipper Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard, both of whom could have destroyed the Delhi Capitals’ bowling alley if they had remained at the wicket for a while. longer period.

Kuldeep was pleased with his performance, and his childhood coach Kapil Pandey was also impressed with his wonderkid’s spectacle, but he advised the Chinese not to get carried away with just one game “because the IPL has just started. “.

“I called him after the game and he was really happy, so was I, but I told him clearly not to lose his focus and keep playing like this as the IPL has just started,” Kapil said. to IANS by phone from Kanpur. , where he runs a cricket academy.

Yadav has had a tough run over the past two years, following a five-wicket run in Sydney when head coach Ravi Shastri branded him as India’s No.1 spinner on overseas terms in 2019.

Over the past two years, Kuldeep, for various reasons, has been moved down the pecking order among spinners in India. The Indian team management under Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri had lost confidence in their abilities even on the rank turners.

But new India skipper Rohit backed Kudleep, saying he wants to slowly get the spinner back into the scheme of things and give him some time to get into his rhythm.

After a superb performance in his IPL 2020 opener, the left-arm spinner also credited Rohit with giving him the confidence in India’s T20I v Sri Lanka in February.

Kuldeep’s coach also believes the cricketer will play more regularly for the national team.

“I’m sure he will play more regularly for the national team and get more games under Rohit Sharma in the next series,” Kapil said.

The coach also revealed the areas where the spinner has been working lately.

”Kuldeep worked on his speed; he was playing club cricket here in Kanpur to get his groove back. The way he dismissed Rohit, Anmolpreet and Pollard was truly impressive. That must have boosted his confidence. He only needs good advice and good support, he can do wonders,” he said.

If Kuldeep can continue to consistently perform well, he would present a strong case for India’s squad selection for the T20 World Cup, due later this year in Australia.


Updated: 28-Mar-2022


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