Indian leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav feels that spinners could also play a huge role during the upcoming pink-ball Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.
The fast bowlers from both sides have been the talking point ahead of the day-night Test. The Indians did not play a single spinner during their three-day warm-up game, giving signs that they might well go with an all-seam attack in Adelaide.
However, Kuldeep Yadav feels that spinners can come into the game and their variations could prove to be difficult to handle by the batsmen, especially when the artificial lights take effect.
“I feel it’s difficult to read spinners at night, because if a spinner uses variations it’s not always easy to spot the seam position of the ball. That can be an advantage for us. I have never experienced a pink ball match outside India. So, it will be exciting to see how it goes,” Kuldeep Yadav told KKR.in
Spinners-especially off-spinners-have perennially struggled in Australian conditions over the years.
Kuldeep, a left-arm chinaman, who claimed a five-for in the only Test that he played Down Under two years ago, shrugged off the claim, adding that it all depends on how quickly the spinners adapt to the conditions.
“It’ll be unfair to say spinners haven’t dominated in Australian conditions, there have been many instances when spinners have done well down under. It completely depends on how quickly you adapt to, and read the conditions. A lot of us, having played so much T20 cricket of late, will have to be patient when playing Test cricket. Mental toughness is very important. When switching to the longer format, you sometimes tend to try too many things too quickly. Wickets don’t come easy in Test cricket, so patience is the key,” Yadav added.
‘We did well, and hence we won the Test series’- Kuldeep Yadav
India scripted history in the summer of 2018-19 when they became the first Asian team to beat Australia in a Test series Down Under. However, the detractors have constantly downplayed the achievement by saying that India was able to do that just because Steve Smith and David Warner were not a part of the Australian team.
Responding to the claim, Kuldeep Yadav said that it is unfair to shrug off the achievement by focusing on the deficiencies of the other team.
He added that India won the series because they dominated what was still a pretty good Australian team besides reminding that the Men in Blue could have won the series by an even bigger margin, had it not rained in Sydney.
”’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. 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,” Kuldeep said.
”Yes, their team has now improved with the return of the experienced David Warner, Steve Smith and the likes of Marnus (Labuschagne), who has really done well for them in recent times. But last time too, their team was good but we played really some really good cricket to win. Looking forward to the challenge once again, it’s going to be a great contest.” he added.