A few years ago, when Kuldeep Yadav was beaten in a white-ball cricket match, everyone told him what his problem was: being slower in the air and lack of pace on the surface to trouble the batsmen. But no one told the 29-year-old what the solution to that problem was, even when he suffered a serious knee injury during the COVID-19-hit IPL in the UAE in 2020. He was asked how he increased the rhythm. On his deliveries, which have helped him become India’s most consistent ODI bowler in the last 18 months, Kuldeep gave a very interesting yet ironic answer.
“Everyone told me my deliveries required pace, but no one told me how to do it,” said matter-of-factly Kuldeep, who got the wickets of David Warner and Glenn Maxwell in India’s World Cup opener against Australia.
Kuldeep’s fit in action is self-taught, but some advice from former Team India physiotherapist Ashish Kaushik helped him when he was about to begin his rehabilitation after knee surgery.
“Once I recovered from an injury, it was physiotherapist Ashish Kaushik who recommended that the load on my right leg should be less.
“After rehab, I implemented it in my training and then in match situations and I felt the difference. However, it didn’t happen overnight. It took me about six months to get back into the rhythm,” he recalled his return trip. .
The Chepauk court was tacky at best and offered spin and there was a question whether one really needed to hit the ball when help was offered from the court.
“An important aspect of a turner is the speed with which the ball spins. Sometimes there are slow turners, the important thing is to vary the pace,” he said.
Was it a slow turn on Sunday? he was interrogated.
“I don’t think so, but yes, I had to increase the pace of my deliveries. For example, Glenn Maxwell didn’t have time and if you saw how Smith was bowled (to Jadeja). So, along with the turn, the pace of deliveries also is important,” the Kanpur man explained.
When asked if three spinners was the way to go in the tournament, Kuldeep said he was not quite sure if that would be the case.
“I’m not sure about the entire tournament, but over the years we have seen that you can play with three spinners in Chennai,” he said.
He felt Maxwell played well but didn’t have much support from Adam Zampa at the other end.
“If another team had three quality spinners, it would have been difficult for us as a batting unit as well. I think Maxwell bowled well but he had no support from the other end.
“In the ODI format, you have to keep hitting the stumps and it is important for any player. It is okay to bowl a little wide in Tests,” Kuldeep said.
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