Kuldeep Yadav, India and Kolkata Knight Riders leg-spinner, has said that while the pitches in the United Arab Emirates will be conducive for spinners, it will also put herculean pressure on him and his fellow tweakers to live up to the expectations to perform in tailor-made conditions.
The 13th edition of the IPL will take place in the United Arab Emirates between September 19-November 10. With the 53-day tournament set to take place across three venues in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah, the pitches are expected to slow down and be conducive for spin bowling as the season wears on.
“Experience always helps, pitches in UAE would offer assistance to spinners and if you have played here before then that would be an advantage for you. I feel that the conditions will be in favor of spinners but at the same time pressure will also be there because expectations will be high and people will want to see spinners doing well so I am trying to be focused and do well,” Kuldeep Yadav said during an interaction with ANI.
”Playing IPL on the backdrop of COVID-19 is challenging”- Kuldeep Yadav
IPL 2020 will be a completely different experience for not only fans but also for the cricketers as it will be played amidst the raging Covid-19 pandemic in a bio-secure environment behind closed doors.
Talking about the challenges of playing a high-pressure tournament like the IPL in such unprecedented times, Kuldeep Yadav said-
”Playing IPL on the backdrop of COVID-19 is challenging but at the same time, we need to follow all the protocols given by the local government because if you ignore it then it can hamper the tournament. Just because of one player’s mistake the whole IPL can be impacted or if any player of any franchise ends up testing positive for COVID-19, the mood of the team can be affected so it’s important to follow the guidelines.” he said.
KKR has a good mix of youthful exuberance and seasoned campaigners in their set-up and Kuldeep Yadav believes that if they can zero in on a proper combination then they can go on and win the title this time around.
“Our team has a good combination but at the same time, you can’t really say that we are best because in IPL all teams are strong. The kind of combination we have and we also got the time of 25 days to prepare and as a result, we got a chance to gel with each other and I feel that if we play with the proper combination we can win the title,” Kuldeep Yadav said.