R Ashwin has high hopes of Kuldeep Yadav in Test cricket.© AFP
Once branded as India’s No. 1 overseas by Ravi Shastri, Kuldeep Yadav’s shares have not gained the momentum they anticipated after the early years of his career. Although Kuldeep is beginning to make a comeback in white ball cricket, he is still far from getting a chance in Tests. However, Ravichandran Ashwin, who remains a major pillar for India in the longest format, has high hopes for Kuldeep’s format.
In a video on his YouTube channel, Ashwin said he always thought highly of Kuldeep when it came to Wrist Spinners. In fact, it’s the Chinaman spinner’s ability to bowl with “repetitive lengths” that has impressed the off-spinner greatly. In the video, Ashwin pointed out that Kuldeep’s ability bears great fruit in Test cricket.
“I’ve always felt that about Kuldeep Yadav when we talk about Wrist Spinner. He has this amazing ability to cast the repetitive lengths needed to do well in the long format.
“He can land anywhere at any time, and that’s a fantastic quality for a wrist spinner. That’s tremendous value for a wrist spinner,” Ashwin said in the video.
Kuldeep is part of the Indian squad currently engaged in an ODI series against South Africa. In the two ODIs, Kuldeep has so far produced numbers of 1/39 and 1/49. He is not part of the Indian team for the 2022 T20 World Championship but will certainly be keeping an eye on the 2023 ODI World Championship squad.
The left-armed wrist spinner is aiming to become a key player for the Indian team in all three formats but has a long way to go before he reaches such greatness in the team.
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