India spinner Kuldeep Yadav has credited Virat Kohli for his immense success in international cricket in a short span of time. The left-arm spinner has become India’s spin spearhead in the limited-overs format and is now gearing up for the biggest challenge of his short career so far – the World Cup. Having made his international debut in 2017 only, Kuldeep has already picked up 146 wickets including 87 in 44 ODIs.
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Kuldeep will be one of India’s most important weapons for the World Cup. Last year when India had toured England, Kuldeep was one of the most impressive performers. He had picked up a six-wicket haul in Trent Bridge which was his first-ever ODI in England. He had also picked up a five-wicket haul in one of the games of the preceding T20I series.
The chinaman spinner has now credited Kohli for his success, saying that the captain’s faith in him helped him do well. Kuldeep said that Kohli gave him the freedom to attack which eventually led to success.
“You need a skipper who backs you and believes in your ability to shine on the big stage. You think we could have been so successful if Kohli bhai had not given us the freedom to attack? I don’t think so,” Kuldeep was quoted as saying by TOI.
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Kuldeep had a disastrous outing in this year’s Indian Premier League. Playing for Kolkata Knight Riders, the spinner managed just 4 wickets in 9 games before being dropped for the last five games. He, however, is not bothered with his performance in the IPL and has his eyes set firmly on the World Cup.
“IPL is very different than World Cup. There are players who have done well in IPL but have struggled to make a mark for the country. I’ve matured as a bowler and by no means it will affect my performance in the World Cup,” Kuldeep said.
“It’s (T20) such a format, you may have a bad day where you’re hit for runs. I’m not a magician who will do well in every match. You cannot say I will take so many wickets,” he added.
The World Cup, meanwhile, will start on May 30. India, on the other hand, will kickstart their campaign on June 5 against South Africa.