Kuldeep Yadav has been pretty active about his training session and maintained it during the lockdown. He trained by the Ganges, on his terrace, which exposed him to new levels of difficulties. Now with the lockdown being eased and the cricket board urging players to resume skill training at local level, Kuldeep Yadav has started to practice at his hometown.
The premier India spinner is training under the watchful eyes of his childhood coach Kapil Pandey at the local Rovers Ground in Lal Bangla area.
Kuldeep Yadav: I should be ready for competitive cricket in few weeks
Kuldeep Yadav is undergoing around five hours of training everyday. He begins with physical training in the morning and then returns in the evening to bowl in the nets. He also said that it has been a week that he has started training and should be fit to play competitive cricket in next few weeks.
“I have started training at the Rovers ground in Lal Bangla area. In fact I am doing two sessions per day. In the morning from 7:30 to 9 am, I do my physical training. Then I go back home and comeback in the evening. From 4 pm to 8 pm, I am regularly bowling in the nets,” Kuldeep told PTI Bhasha during an interaction.
“It’s only been a week that I have started outdoor training. All this while, I was at home maintaining social distancing norms. Now I believe within next few weeks, I would be ready for competitive cricket as and when it starts,” said Yadav.
Kuldeep Yadav on bowling without ‘sweat or saliva’
To adapt bowling without ‘sweat or saliva’ is a major challenge for bowlers and Kuldeep Yadav is no different. The left-arm wrist-spinner said that he has been using ‘saliva’ since childhood and now with the new rules in place, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, he is trying hard to get rid of it.
“Look, since childhood, we have this habit of applying saliva on the ball to keep the shine. With new ICC rules in place, I am trying to get rid of the habit.
“I believe it needs to be imbibed in training sessions first. Hopefully, we will have some alternative in place,” said Kuldeep.
Kuldeep, 25, has picked up 24 wickets in Tests, 104 in ODIs and 39 in the shortest format of the game.