Former Indian wicket-keeper Saba Karim has advised left-arm wrist-spinner, Kuldeep Yadav, to be patient and use the time available to work on his batting skills. Kuldeep Yadav was unfortunate to not get a game during the recent tour to Australia when most of the seniors were injured despite being part of the squad. Washington Sundar was preferred ahead of him in the fourth Test when both spinners were injured.
Sundar being an all-rounder provided an extra option with the bat, which allowed India to go with the Tamil Nadu youngster. Kuldeep who had a five-wicket haul in Australia when India toured Australia in 2018 had to sit out the entire Test series and it has been 2 years since he played a test match.
He was lauded by the skipper Rahane during the dressing room conversation for his patience and was told to wait for his opportunity which will come in time soon.
Saba Karim Urges Kuldeep Not To Lose Heart
Saba Karim had a good piece of advice for the left-arm spinner to wait patiently for his turn and work on his skills during the meantime. Karim also told Kuldeep to work on his batting skills which could be vital during the squad selection for India. He also advised Kuldeep to have a strong relationship with the team in the dressing room and not to lose heart during tough times.
“Be patient; work on your skills; keep working very hard. Keep enhancing your skill not only as a bowler but also a batsman. This is a time when you can work on your batting skills. Have a very strong presence in the dressing room. Always be there to help your colleagues,” Karim told SportsKeeda in an interview.
“At some point you won’t do well, and that’s the time you reflect and gain experience so that you don’t repeat those errors in future,” added Saba Karim who played 34 ODIs and one Test for India.
Karim Stresses On Team Spirit
Saba Karim also stressed the importance of team spirit which would be handy to his mindset as well as the team. He defined the real meaning of team spirit to Kuldeep and pointed out the negative mindset when a player is made to sit out from the playing XI.
“Team spirit is when a player who is sitting out still prays for his competitor who goes out to play for his team. That’s the real definition of team spirit,”
“I have noticed on many occasions while playing first-class cricket that the player who sits out is not in a very happy frame of mind. He is waiting to get back on to the field to replace the player who is playing in place of him,” he added.
Kuldeep will have a great opportunity to prove his worth during the home Tests against England with Jadeja, not in the squad.