Indian left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav wants to focus on his upcoming duties rather than thinking about the ODI World Championship which is still a year away.
Kuldeep (4/18) ran through the South African middle order in the third ODI as India galloped home by seven wickets.
“The World Cup is far away. I don’t think about it. I’ve gotten very hands-on with things now. I focus on the series I’m playing. I’m more experienced now, so I have an idea of how to bowl. My goal is to perform well in every series,” Kuldeep said at the post-game press conference following India’s seven-wicket win.
Kuldeep, who sustained a knee injury followed by a hand injury, said he’s been working on her rhythm, which has helped him.
“I worked on my rhythm after my injury. Because of this, I was able to get the tempo I was generating earlier out of my hand. So right now I’m not compromising on spin. My turn is good.”
After warming up the bench for the Kolkata Knight Riders, Kuldeep competed for the Delhi Capitals in the 2022 IPL and the wrist spinner became the fifth-highest wicket-taker with 21 scalps. The campaign in the well-funded league boosted his confidence.
Not disappointed with T20 World Cup nudges
Kuldeep was overlooked for the ICC T20 World Cup but is by no means dejected.
“I’m not disappointed (not being selected) at the T20 World Cup as I’m working on my process game by game. I’m thinking about how I can improve.”
“My confidence has increased because of the (last edition) IPL. After that I hurt myself. I’ve bowled against West Indies, Zimbabwe and in the India A series. I can now throw the ball where I want.”
Kuldeep has played three consecutive series against West Indies and Zimbabwe as well as the Indian A series and believes it is important for a player to get playing time.
“Games are very important for confidence and experience. Sometimes you want to try something that doesn’t happen on the nets.
Speaking about the move from the T20 to the ODI format, the spinner said: “There are many differences between the T20 and ODI. After playing IPL I had to change my rhythm and pace in Zimbabwe. The batsman has a lot of time to play a shot, so I had to vary my tempo.” For him, T20Is is a restrictive format.
“In T20Is you have to hit the right lengths and it’s rare that you fly the deliveries,” he added.