Kuldeep Yadav’s lack of selection for India’s Asia Cup 2022 squad can be attributed to Scott Styris’ ongoing concern about the left-arm wrist-spinner’s consistency.
Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravi Bishnoi are the four spinners in Team India’s 15-member squad for the continental event that will be played in the UAE from August 27.
Kuldeep is not one of them. He is not included in the reserves, where the only other spinner is Axar Patel.
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Styris was asked if he was a little shocked that Kuldeep Yadav had not been given a chance during an interview on the Sports 18 show “Sports Over the Top” He answered:
“It will always concern me, even though Kuldeep had a terrific Indian T20 league where I think he had four Man of the Matches, which is unheard of, I think you are always worried about the consistency that he provides. He can fall off a cliff a little bit under pressure.
I am (surprised) to a degree because of the trends you tend to see with this Indian team and the selectors. They, more than any other team around the world, like to have every spin option covered. “Different arms, turning in both directions, all those options depending on the opposition and the pitch conditions. That’s what Kuldeep does, being a left-armer bowling leg-spin, it’s that variety he provides. So in some ways yes, due to what India have shown in the past.”
Since his achievements for the Capitals in the IPL 2022, Kuldeep Yadav has only participated in one T20 International for Team India. Although the spinner from Uttar Pradesh produced outstanding numbers in that match—3/12—he was not selected for the Asia Cup.