You can take out cricket out of Kuldeep Yadav but you cannot keep an artist away from his art. Left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has used his terrace for net practice, by the Ganges, during the lockdown period where cricketers are not privileged enough to use the grounds. Cricket and training aside, he is also confined to his paint brush, to bind time in the lockdown.
Kuldeep Yadav painted a picture of Lord Hanuman ahead of the Hanuman Jayanti and caresses his love for the art away from the field. In normacly, his arm would be best put into use for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), but a different form at home is what keeps him motivated these days.
Kuldeep Yadav: I miss bowling the most, can’t wait to start spinning
Kuldeep Yadav has emerged as a spin specialist for Team India overshadowing veteran Ravichandran Ashwin with the likes of his wrist-spinning partner Yuzvendra Chahal. Apart from painting, Yadav is, constantly in touch with his coach and analysing his skills through video sessions. Besides that, he also misses the onfield action, and wants to take to the field and start spinning again.
“I don’t have an outdoor field and I miss bowling the most. I can’t wait to start spinning,” Yadav was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
“I’m in regular touch with my coach. We discuss matches, analyse my skills and sit and watch a lot of videos together. He shares his experiences with me and that’s helping me improve myself,” he added. “Our association also arranges calls with the state team and that’s the best way to motivate each other during this period.”
Yadav, 25, has picked up 24 wickets in Tests, 104 in ODIs and 39 in shortest format of the game so far in his career.