The 28-year-old left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, during a chat with the leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on Chahal TV, said that he feels proud to have completed the 200 wickets milestone in international cricket.
Kuldeep replaced Chahal in India’s playing XI for the second ODI of the three-match series at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. He performed brilliantly and ended his spell with the figures of 3 for 51 to win the Player of the Match award.
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With his three-wicket haul, the left-arm wrist-spinner completed the 200 wickets milestone in international cricket. However, he was unaware of that and Chahal informed him about it during a chat on Chahal TV, which has been shared on BCCI.tv.
Beginning the chat, Yuzvendra Chahal said, “First of all, congratulations on 200 international wickets.”
Kuldeep Yadav replied, “Achha, ye nahi pta tha mjhe. Thank you so much.”
“How do I explain this… it’s a big deal…achieving 200 wickets in International cricket…I feel proud.”
When asked about his favorite dismissal Kuldeep Yadav responded, “Shanaka’s wicket was really important as he was performing really well in the series…everybody was planning on his dismissal during the team meeting, it was definitely an important wicket.”
Have worked a lot on my batting – Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav was part of a 28-run stand with KL Rahul that helped India chase down the target in Kolkata ODI. The left-arm wrist-spinner has said that he has worked hard on improving his batting.
“I have worked a lot on my batting…whenever I’m free I practice in the nets,” he added.
Kuldeep Yadav further spoke about the evolution of his bowling approach and said that his focus has shifted to quality bowling. He stated:
“Over the years, my mindset has changed a lot… I used to focus more on my performance and taking wickets but now my aim is good length bowling. Whenever I play ODI, Test Cricket or T20 matches my focus is on quality bowling.”
Kuldeep further thanked Chahal and said that his input proved to be valuable for him during the match. He said:
“You played T20 and ODI and I switched from red-ball cricket to white-ball cricket…you have been playing with the team you know how to bowl…your inputs from the ground really helped me.
“We are unlucky that we are not playing together but your suggestions have proven to be effective for me.”