The Chinaman bowler of India Kuldeep Yadav had a stellar run with the Indian team in the last couple of years. However, of late, he was kept away from the shorter formats to try out different combinations. Meanwhile, Kuldeep Yadav believes this is the best chance for him to excel in Test cricket.
Despite his excitement, it is not going to be a direct entry for Kuldeep Yadav into the playing XI. He will face a tough challenge with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the dugout for the team. Ashwin had a great success alongside Ravindra Jadeja in the Test format of the game both with the bat and ball.
Meanwhile, Kuldeep Yadav hasn’t been that great when it comes to contributing for the team with the bat down the order. However, the unorthodox bowler wants to grab chances if he gets into the playing XI. He also admitted that pressure has always been there on his shoulders to pick a place in the playing XI.
Of course, there is pressure – Kuldeep Yadav
The change in format will be a new challenge for the chinaman, who has played little First-Class cricket in recent times. Turning out for India A in the second Test against South Africa A provides Kuldeep with the opportunity to find his rhythm.
“It’s hard to play red-ball cricket when you aren’t consistently playing that format,” he said. If you aren’t a regular in this format, it takes time to get into your rhythm. When you are consistently playing limited-overs and suddenly switch to Tests without much preparation, it will be tough to excel.”
“You need to bowl long spells, play practice games, to understand field placements and to know how to pick wickets. 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 added.
“When three spinners like Ashwin, Jaddu and I are in the squad, it’s challenging to pick the right combination. You need to be ready to grab your chance. Of course, there is pressure because you only get a few chances, and you have to make full use of them,” Kuldeep said.
Well, it would be interesting to see whether Kuldeep Yadav gets the nod or not for the first Test against South Africa. However, it depends on the conditions of the pitch as well.