Team India spinner Kuldeep Yadav is going through a tough phase since the World Cup. He has struggled to retain his place in the playing XI. The selectors also didn’t consider him for the T20Is against West Indies and South Africa but the young cricketer didn’t seem worried by it.
Instead, Kuldeep was a part of the India A squad that is playing against South Africa A in an unofficial Test. The match ended in a draw in Mysore and Kuldeep Yadav had a good game returning with four for 121 in 29 overs.
Kuldeep Yadav has been one of the world-class spinners since the 2016 World T20. In 68 T20 matches since that T20 World Cup, Kuldeep has taken 81 wickets at an average of 22.97, and an economy rate of 7.60. His surprise exclusion has rung a few eyeballs including former cricketers.
However, Kuldeep didn’t seem shocked by the same. Instead, the spinner is looking at it as an opportunity to improve his game and make significant improvements in the red-ball cricket.
“So far, I have done a good job in limited-overs format. I feel very comfortable with the white ball,” Kuldeep told reporters after the third day. “I am not worried about not being picked for the last two T20I series. Maybe the selectors felt I needed a break. Maybe the team thinks some changes are required. I respect that, and I have no complaints. I see this as an opportunity to do well in Tests,” he added.
Meanwhile, the selector’s decision to drop Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal might be to strengthen their batting unit considering the World T20 next year. The likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, and Washington Sundar provide good batting options.
Kuldeep Yadav will hope to utilise this time to better his Test skills. Kuldeep Yadav admitted that there is a lot of work to do for him to become a regular in the Test format ahead of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
“It’s hard to play red-ball cricket when you aren’t consistently playing that format,” Kuldeep said. “If you aren’t a regular in this format, it takes time to get into your rhythm. It was important for me to come here (in the India A game) and bowl as many overs as possible. There is still plenty of work to do,” Kuldeep concluded.