Kuldeep Yadav is one of the premier spinners in the Kolkata Knight Riders’ camp along with the West Indian bowling all-rounder Sunil Narine. Kuldeep Yadav’s poor performance in the previous edition was significant in Kolkata’s overall underwhelming results too. Nevertheless, the franchise’s chief mentor David Hussey backs the left-arm spinner to come good this time around. Kuldeep’s international form has also remained inconsistent of late.
Kuldeep Yadav featured for the two-time champions in four matches last season, taking only four wickets. The four scalps came at the cost of 286 runs at an awful average of 71.50. The team also faced various top-order wobbles in crucial games that forced all-rounder Andre Russell to perform a rescue mission in most of the games. The Jamaican cricketer secured the man of the tournament award as well for mustering 511 runs and bagging 11 wickets.
David Hussey highlighted that after the last eight-nine days of training camp, he’s at the top of his game. Hussey also identified that the 26-year old is fielding well, covering the ground to good effect, bowling with excellent rhythm, and producing revolutions with the ball.
“I personally believe after the last eight-nine days of training camp, he’s at the top of his game. He’s fielding well, he is running well, he’s covering the ground very well. His bowling has a nice rhythm, and with lots of revolutions on the ball,” the Victorian said as quoted by Times of India.
“Kuldeep Yadav reads the game exceptionally well” : David Hussey
The former Australian all-rounder added that Kuldeep is a confident spinner, who could spin the ball both ways and is an exceptional reader of the game. Hussey also brushed aside any confidence issues without putting Kuldeep Yadav under pressure, backing him to produce excellent performances throughout the competition.
“Kuldeep is a very confident player. He knows what he can and can’t do with the ball, he spins the ball both ways. He reads the game exceptionally well. I don’t think he will have any confidence issues throughout the tournament, and I do say that without putting too much pressure on him. I think he would be a very good consistent performer for the Kolkata Knight Riders,” he added.