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Kuldeep Yadav with his coach Kapil Dev Pandey.
Kuldeep Yadav has gone back 4 years due to not getting a chance to play in Team India for 2 to 3 years. This is the thinking of Kapil Dev Pandey, coach of left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav. Kuldeep was in excellent form, yet he was not selected in the team. After the injury in IPL last year, he was not given regular opportunities. Talking to Bhaskar, Kapil Dev Pandey told that the captain of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, Dinesh Karthik, included Kuldeep in the team, but did not give him a chance to play. Because of this his game was affected. In an exclusive conversation with Bhaskar, he shared many things about Kuldeep.
Kuldeep Yadav after dismissing Rohit Sharma in the first match of IPL
Kuldeep has seen a lot of change in this IPL season? What changes have he made? Kuldeep has increased the speed in his bowling. Earlier his ball used to be of speed of 75 to 80 but this season he has taken it to between 85 to 95 kms. Also, have made the use of your wrist better. After making this change, his ball has started drifting automatically. Earlier also there were drifts but they did not get wickets. But after making some changes, his good length, googly, chinaman and regular bounce that a spin bowler should get has started getting it. This has also made it difficult for the batsman to understand his ball. When he keeps his ball flying, it spins more. All this we have done in the hard work of the last two years. This season, both of us are focusing more on bowling wicket-to-wicket rather than spin.
Kuldeep Yadav practicing in Kanpur
Kuldeep has not been able to be a part of the Indian team for a long time, any special reason?
Everyone knows that Kuldeep has not been able to be a part of Team India for the last several years. When he took five wickets in Sydney, he was praised by all the former cricketers and said that he would prove to be the best spin bowler for India in the coming times, but after that match, he stopped getting a place in the team. . It was very unfortunate for his career. Team management and selectors should think that when a bowler can win the match by taking 5 wickets, what can be a better option than that.
What kind of batsmen get pleasure from getting out?
Kuldeep enjoys changing the game by dismissing the legendary players. Like in this season of IPL, in the very first match, he showed the way to the pavilion by throwing Googly to Rohit Sharma. Then he asked me on the phone whether Sir Googly was fine. Similarly, when he took the wicket of Babar Azam against Pakistan, he also called me. When Shreyas Iyer was dismissed against KKR, Shreyas hit him for a six on his first ball.
Kuldeep Yadav taking tips from Wasim Akram
Has Kuldeep always wanted to bowl spin?
not at all. Kuldeep always wanted to be a fast bowler. When I started training him 17 to 18 years ago today, he was medium pressure. But when I gave him advice and explained that his built is not like Wasim nor is he the same height. After explaining this, Kuldeep was very angry with me. But gradually he understood that he can do wonders in spin bowling. He considered Wasim Akram as his idol and even today he is a big fan of Wasim. He also said the same thing to Wasim that he wants to become a fast bowler like him, so in response Wasim said that it is good that you do not become like me, otherwise you would not be who you are today.
Is Kuldeep’s story somewhere similar to that of Praveen Tambe?
no way. Praveen Tambe changed his bowling after many years but I changed Kuldeep from left arm medium pacer to left arm spinner in 2004 2005 itself.
Do you have any tips for this IPL season?
He did not give any special tips, but whenever he talks on the phone, what other changes can be made in the bowling, we discuss against which batsman, how much pace has to be kept. Before the injury in the IPL season last year, we used to sweat for 15 to 18 hours at the Rovers Ground during the lockdown. Even after this rigorous practice, Kuldeep neither got a place in the India team nor did KKR get a chance to play in the IPL. KKR pushed Kuldeep back by four years. This team put Chinaman behind by 4 to 5 years. But the fruits of the hard work done during that time are now getting by playing with the Delhi team.
Kuldeep was ruled out due to injury during IPL 2021
Is it because of the dispute between Kohli and Rohit Sharma that Kuldeep is not being included in the team?
Kuldeep Yadav has not had any dispute with anyone and has not been a victim of any conspiracy. When Virat was the captain, the combination of Ashwin, Jadeja, Chahal was going well. One of the most important things here is that the team is selected according to the opposing team. The best captain can understand this. As Rohit Sharma gave Kuldeep a chance to play against Sri Lanka, Ricky Pointing and Rishabh Pant opted for it. It all depends on the opposing team.