Virat Kohli’s men created history in early 2019 by becoming the first Indian team to win a Test series in Australia, which Kuldeep Yadav was also a part of. Kuldeep Yadav, who played the only last Test in Sydney, picked up a fifer to push his team on the brink of a third victory in the tour. The 25-year old has hit back on the critics who have questioned the credibility of the men in blue’s incredible success.
India’s series victory has come under scrutiny due to the absence of two star players in Australia’s outfit namely Steve Smith and David Warner. The presence of the former Australian and vice-captain would have made the hosts a formidable side, especially on the batting front and their loss due to their role in the ball-tampering scandal in early 2018 led them to a series defeat. Thus, several people have labelled India’s success as luck.
Kuldeep Yadav claimed that no team could win a Test series with luck and that they need to win matches to do that. The left-arm chinaman spinner pointed out that they won two Tests and could have won the fourth one as well had it not been for rain in Sydney. Thus, the criticism remains pointless.
“A Test series can never be won by luck. You need to win Test matches to win a series. We won two of them, and could have one the fourth one too had there been no rain. The criticism holds no merit,” Kuldeep said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
We did well, and hence we won the Test series: Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav added that when playing against any team, one must look at their team instead of concentrating what players the opposition has, solidifying that India won since they played well. The 25-year old went on to say that they could emerge victorious again if they get all the things right this time too.
“Whenever you are playing against a team, your own team’s performance matters the most. So instead of looking at the other team – who they have in their squad, and who they don’t – it makes more sense to talk about your own team. We did well, and hence we won the Test series. If our fast bowling works well and we perform as prolifically with the bat as we did the last time, we will win this time too,” he added.