"When they try to attack you"- Kuldeep Yadav says beware of me to Mitchell Marsh and Australia

Published - 23 Jun 2024, 12:14 PM | Updated - 23 Jun 2024, 12:29 PM

Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel
Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel. Image Credits: X

If it were the fast bowlers who led India's challenge in the group stage of the T20 World Cup 2024, the spinners to show their worth as well. In the Super 8 stage, the Indian spinners have come to the party on helpful Caribbean pitches.

Kuldeep Yadav, one of the two specialist spinners for India in the squad, picked up 3-19 in four overs in the match against Bangladesh and helped India notch up a massive win. After the match, the left-arm wrist-spinner spoke about his bowling plans for the tournament.

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Kuldeep Yadav reveals his bowling plans

After the match, the 29-year-old left-arm wrist-spinner spoke about the importance of length in T20 format. Kuldeep also added that being one step ahead of the batters has helped him as well.

“For any spinner around the globe, the length matters a lot. And especially in this format, you have to read what the batter is trying to do, be more aggressive, the approach should be very – very aggressive. So that is actually helping me during IPL and it’s helping me in the T20 World Cup,” Kuldeep said.

“When the other team needs like 10 runs or 12 runs per over and the batter is going against you, my plan is to just stick with the length," Kuldeep answered when asked about the game plan when the batters are looking to be more aggressive.

“When they try to attack you, if you have a proper plan against them and you are bowling in probably the better length and you have maximum chances of getting the batter out. So that is my thinking, not thinking I have to get him out, just the length,” he added.

Kuldeep Yadav speaks on being benched for the group stage

Kuldeep Yadav was benched for the group stage of the tournament played in New York due to the pace-friendly conditions at the venue. But he was always expected to play a huge role in the Caribbean leg of the tournament. He is doing exactly that as he has already picked up 5 wickets in two matches at an average of 10.20 and an economy rate of 6.37.

“Obviously, I wasn’t playing. Actually, I was playing as a 12th man there. I was helping out the teammates and carrying the drinks. That is more like playing. I didn’t bowl there but I would have loved to bowl there, Kuldeep replied when asked about his exclusion from the group stage.

“But it was more like an Australian sort of wicket. But here I played, I made my T20 ODI debut here back in 2017. I knew the conditions very well, just the length and trying to vary my pace. So it is nice for spinners to come here and bowl, he added.

India's unbeaten run in the T20 World Cup 2024 continued on Saturday (June 22) when they thrashed Bangladesh by 50 runs in Antigua. While the batters put up a massive score on the board, it was the bowlers' performance again that kept Bangladesh out of the match.

Along with Kuldeep, fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Arshdeep Singh picked up 2 wickets apiece. Hardik Pandya smashed an unbeaten half-century and also picked up a wicket to be adjudged Player of the Match.


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