As Matthew Kuhnemann gears up for the upcoming Big Bash League season, he is hopeful of making the most of the tips he received from Indian superstar Ravindra Jadeja earlier this year.
A photo of the two left-arm spinners talking with each other after the conclusion of the Border-Gavaskar Series went viral on social media. Matthew Kuhnemann was initially not a part of the squad but was called up by Australia after the first Test as Mitchell Swepson returned home for the birth of his first child. He went on to make his debut in the second Test of the series and picked up 2 wickets.
In the third Test in Indore, the left-arm spinner picked up a sensational five-wicket haul for just 16 runs to help his team bowl out India for just 109. Australia had gone on to win the Test. During the series, he humorously revealed that Jadeja had asked him to wait until the end of the series to receive any tips from him, saying: “I said to him, have you got any tips for me after the last Test? He said ‘yes, at the end of the series’.”
Matthew Kuhnemann talks about Ravindra Jadeja’s advice:
Jadeja fulfilled his promise and was seen talking with Matthew Kuhnemann for 15 minutes after the fourth Test in Ahmedabad. And the Australia spinner recently opened up about the conversation he had with the India star. Kuhnemann revealed that Jadeja’s advice helped him in county cricket and he is now looking to make the most of it in the Big Bash League.
“He gave me a few pointers at the end of the series, which was awesome,” Kuhnemann told Fox Cricket this week.
“I sort of took that into the county season, and it seemed to work. Hopefully I can bring that into the Big Bash and contribute to some wins,” he added.
Speaking further, Kuhnemann said that he already has his eyes on Australia’s next tour of the subcontinent. Australia will visit the subcontinent in 2025 for a two-match Test series against Sri Lanka.
“When the schedule comes out, me personally, you look at the subcontinent (tours),” Kuhnemann said.
“I’d love to get back in (the Test side). It was awesome, it was like a dream come true being over there. I’ve learned heaps in the last 12 months, so hopefully that puts me in good stead for the future,” he added.
The left-arm spinner will ply his trade for Brisbane Heat in the upcoming BBL season.