Kuldeep Yadav, Indian left-arm leg-spinner, has achieved quite a lot in his three-year-old career. From bowling a match-winning spell in his debut Test against Australia at Dharamsala in 2017 to becoming the first Indian bowler to claim two ODI hat-tricks, Kuldeep has time and again displayed his precocious skills on the field.
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Kuldeep recently gave an exclusive interview to Times of India where he opened up about the support that he receives from Virat Kohli– the captain and also on the absence of MS Dhoni behind the stumps.
“If you are young and your captain is backing you every time on the field and off the field as well, it gives you extra motivation to perform. Virat bhai supports me on and off the field. He supports me in tough situations as well. Virat bhai is someone who knows how a bowler feels,” Kuldeep Yadav said.
“He comes to you and guides you where to bowl. He will come, pat you on the back, guide you, gives you a solution and helps you take a wicket,” he stated.
Kuldeep went on to term Virat as ‘unmatchable’ be it his batting, fielding, or decision-making ability.
“There is no doubt he (Virat) is a world-class player. Be it his batting, fielding, or decision-making abilities, Virat bhai is unmatchable,” Kuldeep Yadav added.
“I am really grateful that I am playing under seniors like Virat, Dhoni and Rohit”- Kuldeep Yadav
But Kuldeep is hugely missing the presence of MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Terming Dhoni as an ‘instant advisor’ Kuldeep revealed how Dhoni used to come with suggestions in the spur of the moment.
“Whenever we stepped onto the field, Mahi bhai would come up with some instant advice. That (kind of) advice helped me a lot in my career. He is a great instant advisor. He is someone who doesn’t believe giving advice ahead of and after the game. He will analyse things and come up with instant advice on the field,” he added.
Kuldeep Yadav also added that he is grateful to play under seniors like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma.
“That’s what Virat bhai does as well. Mahi bhai is an instant advisor, Virat bhai is a great motivator. Apart from these two, Rohit bhai also guided me a lot on many occasions. I am really grateful that I am playing under seniors like Virat, Dhoni and Rohit,” Kuldeep Yadav added.