Kuldeep Yadav isn’t having a very good time on the cricket field for the last 2 years. He has been out of form in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the last two years and has not done well for India as well in white-ball cricket.
In the past two IPL seasons in IPL 2019 and IPL 2020, Kuldeep has taken a total of 5 wickets in 14 matches. He took 4 wickets in 9 matches in IPL 2019 at an economy of 8.66 and then picked just one wicket in 4 matches in IPL 2020. He was benched for the rest of the tournament, with Varun Chakravarthy being preferred over him.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) rectified their problems in the spin department by buying Harbhajan Singh and Shakib Al Hasan in the IPL 2021 auction, and this would prove to be trouble for Kuldeep, given his current form.
This Time Our Team, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Is Well Balanced: Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav has had a terrible few months with the ball, with the most disappointing performances which came against England in the ODI series where he went wicketless in the two matches he played giving 68 and 84 runs respectively in those matches.
Yadav also managed two wickets against England in the only Test he played, after two years, for India and now has to wait whether he’ll be picked in the playing XI of the KKR team in IPL 2021. He talked about the KKR squad for IPL 2021 in an exclusive interview on Sports Yaari. He believes KKR has the best spinners in the IPL 2021 with himself, Sunil Narine, and Varun Chakravarthy in the squad in addition to Harbhajan Singh and Shakib Al Hasan.
“This time our team is well balanced, and with Harbhajan Singh’s selection, the team will get an edge. I am happy that we have new promising players in the team and with this confidence, I am sure that we will win the trophy this time,” Kuldeep said.
Kuldeep Yadav is considered to be one of the brightest young spinners in the world, the only Indian with multiple hat-tricks in international cricket, both coming in ODIs. Kuldeep Yadav is confident that he will bounce back and improve his game.
“It was difficult to take wickets in this series, so my focus was to take down as many as I can. The gameplay of the opposite team was fearless. My rhythm was not up to the mark during the first ODI against England, however, I got better as the game progressed. But, after the three sixes in an over from Ben Stokes, it dented my economy rate,” Kuldeep said on his current form.
KKR will play SRH in their first match of IPL 2021 on April 11.