Kuldeep Yadav’s gradual return to white ball cricket took a turn for the better as the wrist spinner returned by numbers four to 18 on his match-winning performance against South Africa in India’s third ODI win in New Delhi.
Yadav, who is returning after suffering a knee injury followed by a hand injury, said the key to his successful return to white ball cricket was how well he was able to regain his rhythm.
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“I’ve been working on my rhythm since coming back from 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,” Yadav said at the post-game press conference.
Yadav ran through the South African middle class, taking the wickets of Andile Phehlukwayo, Marco Jansen, Imaad Fortuin and Anrich Nortje in 4.1 overs. Although he is not part of India’s plans to host the current T20 World Cup in Australia, a successful return to ODI’s could spark calls for his selection for the 2023 ODI World Cup squad.
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“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 do well in every series,” said Kuldeep.
Later after the game, R Ashwin uploaded a video to his Youtube channel in which he called Yadav one of the best wrist spinners he has ever encountered and explained why he was such a powerful force for India in the game’s longest format could be.
“I’ve always felt that about Kuldeep Yadav when we talk about Wrist Spinner. He has this amazing trait for bowling the repetitive lengths required to do well in the long format.
“He can land anywhere at any time, and that’s a fantastic trait for a wrist spinner. That’s tremendous value for a wrist spinner,” Ashwin said in the video.
Yadav has started to land some needed caps. The spinner has appeared in three consecutive series against West Indies and Zimbabwe and has also been part of the India A series. “Games are very important for confidence and experience. At some point you want to try something that doesn’t happen on the grids.”