Kuldeep Yadav has conceded 209 runs in three ODIs in the last 16 months at the rate of 7.2 in 29 overs. In his last ODI, he conceded 84 runs in 10 overs against England.
Kuldeep Yadav is a left arm chinaman bowler.
There was a time when Kuldeep Yadav was an important part of the Indian cricket team, but he is now struggling in Tests as well as in the limited overs team. He is currently in the limited overs team on the Sri Lanka tour and this can play a big role in his career. This can prove to be a golden opportunity for them. If Kuldeep fails here, then things can be difficult for him going forward. This is what his coach Kapil Pandey believes. Pandey said that time is slipping from the hands of this chinaman bowler.
The Indian team is currently on a tour of Sri Lanka where it has to play a series of three ODIs and three T20 International matches. This may be his last chance, but for an ‘out of rhythm’ bowler like him, the white-ball format can be tough. Apart from this, he also has to compete with five other spinners in six matches.
Not getting support from team management
Kuldeep’s long-time coach Kapil Pandey told news agency IANS, “We talk about three D’s that make a player successful – discipline, dedication and determination, but We ignore the two D’s – Depression and Demoralization – which can affect the player who is not getting support from the team management and this is happening. This is what is happening with Kuldeep.”
The wrist spinner has struggled in ODIs. He has given 209 runs in the last 16 months in three ODIs at the rate of 7.2 in 29 overs. In his last ODI, he conceded 84 runs in 10 overs against England.
Former selector said this thing
Former India spinner and former national selector Venkatapathy Raju says that Kuldeep is struggling for rhythm. He says that the lack of match practice is the reason for his struggle. Raju told IANS, “He needs to bowl long spells. White ball cricket is very tough, if you are not in the rhythm, it can be very harsh. I am a big fan of Kuldeep. He is a real match winner, and so is Chahal, but he needs a few matches to find the rhythm. I believe he should go back and play a three-day or four-day match. Unfortunately there is not much domestic cricket going on. He should play some matches. We know he’s too young man.”
Shane Warne’s example
Raju cited the example of former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne, saying, “A guy like Shane Warne, when he was struggling, he went and played a second division match in Victoria. He took only two wickets. Unfortunately, the schedule of international matches is so tight that you don’t get time to play these matches.”
These matches will give atmosphere
Raju feels that the chinaman bowler should play three-day or four-day home matches. One reason for this is the atmosphere it provides. Raju said, “You are more comfortable in the environment, relax. You enjoy the atmosphere and come back. He doesn’t need to take wickets, just get that momentum. In such games, he can bowl longer, take breaks and come back again.”
Opportunity on flat pitch
Pandey says that whenever Kuldeep was given a chance recently, he played on a flat pitch. He feels the team management disappointed him by ignoring him as a replacement for Ravindra Jadeja and calling Shahbaz Nadeem outside in the home Test series against England in February-March.
Pandey said, “If the captain, the coach feels that they will play two spinners (against England) and you have a back-up spinner in the team for the injured player, but you call in an extra spinner from outside, Feeds him and ignores Kuldeep. They could have given him a chance.”
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