Kuldeep Yadav against England :
“There was no assistance for a spin on the pitch, so I didn’t get the desired results,” said Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav played for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2020 and picked up only one wicket in five matches. His name was withdrawn from the team for India’s tour of Australia and home series against England.
He was unable to play in the team for the five-match T20I series against England which India won 3-2. Yadav got a chance to play in the ODIs and was selected for the first two matches. He was not able to show up to the mark performance, gone wicketless, and conceded 152 runs in two games.
Yadav faced a lot of difficulties while playing against Ben Stokes in the second ODI and conceded 20 runs in an over, including three consecutive sixes. He was unable to understand what length to bowl and was not having any assistance on the pitch. England was able to chase down a target of 337 in 44 overs.
Yadav said that rust was an issue with his performances, but that he is not at all worried about what the future holds.
“If you’re playing regularly, you get an idea about the length and can quickly identify what length to bowl,” Yadav told Mid Day. “But when you’re playing with breaks, the length may sometimes be a little up or short. If I work hard on my lengths, it will help me bowl better.
“The first game was very important as I was playing after a long time. I didn’t get into a good rhythm in that match. Had I been playing regularly, the rhythm would not have been an issue. I made a good comeback after the first over [conceding 13 runs]. In the second game, I bowled better. It’s just that there was no assistance for a spin on the pitch, so I didn’t get the desired results. On flat pitches, length is crucial. It was difficult for spinners in the ODIs, all went for runs.”
Yadav also dismissed talk that batsmen had him “figured out”, insisting that his main job was “to keep improving” and not focus on anything else
“I don’t pay attention to all this talk. It’s important that I keep improving my skills and be as accurate as possible. If you’re playing regularly, batsmen tend to read you. If they are getting comfortable playing me, then my job as a bowler is to keep improving. And that’s why I look to add or change a few things every time.
“Despite all the analysis, batsmen still find ways to score runs, and bowlers still find different methods to take wickets. There are other factors, too, like form, rhythm, and confidence. If [your] confidence is high, you’ll start taking wickets and people will again start talking good things about you.
“My job is to be ready whenever the opportunity arises. The team management has always communicated to me the reason why I wasn’t getting a place in the XI. They have always backed me and I am not at all worried. I keep working hard in training sessions and do whatever the team needs.”