Young bowler Kuldeep Yadav has proved to be an integral part of Virat Kohli-led team India. Ever since he made his debut in international cricket earlier this year, his graph, has only gone upwards. The young spinner was phenomenal against Australia in the first One-Day International in Chennai, taking 2 wickets for 33 runs, thereby putting the brakes on the visitors’ assault. It also seems the young lad is growing in confidence with each passing day, so much so that he has now taken on Australian pint-sized dynamo David Warner. Kuldeep in his latest statement has said that he can dismiss Warner anytime he wanted. Well, MS Dhoni from behind the stumps has also contributed to the growth of the Chinaman.
During the late 90s, Australia had mastered the art of playing mind games, something they are good at even now. Starting with the first press conference of a new tour, the Australian captain traditionally targets big players from the opposition. For example, if India was the opposition, Australians would make it clear Sachin Tendulkar was their prime target. At times, it worked and the batsman fell for the trap.
Kuldeep said on Wednesday,
I guess he (Warner) feels a lot of pressure while batting against me and that makes me think I can get him out anytime. There’s no pressure on me and I enjoy bowling to him (Warner). I have my plans in place and will try to get him out again. I have seen he (Smith) reads me well in Tests. He knows how to steal singles and prefers to play more on the leg-side. Conventional spinners have only one or two variations but wrist spinners have more qualities to deceive the batsmen. We are both attacking bowlers and thus there are more chance of taking wickets. Yes, there’s a lot of responsibility along with expectations. But it’s all about making most of this great experience as that will make it easier for us in future.
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