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I couldn’t say anything for 10 minutes: Kuldeep recalls his first meeting with Warne


Before his debut in the Indian cricket team, wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav made a name for himself in international cricket. That was made possible in the 2014 Under-19 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, courtesy of his stellar performance in the Indian jersey.

I couldn't say anything for 10 minutes: Kuldeep recalls his first meeting with Warne

He also caught the eye of Australian legend Shane Warne with that performance.

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This time on Instagram, Kuldeep shared the funny experience of his first conversation with the Australian leg-spinner.

“I met Shane Warne during a Test match in Pune. When I met him for the first time, Anil Kumble was our coach and I had told him I want to meet Shane Warne. When I finally did, I couldn’t say anything for 10 minutes. He was talking with Anil bhai, explaining to him something. I was just listening to both of them. Then finally, I started to talk. We talked a lot. I told him about my plans, about how I feel while bowling, how I try to bowl from different sides of the wicket. He told me ‘You think a lot’,”

Kuldeep told TV presenter Madonna Tixeira on her Instagram show ‘Live Connect.’

“He is mentally very strong. I think more than his bowling, he got the batsmen out with his mind. His planning used to be a lot better. He said a lot of little things which tend to matter a lot,” added Kuldeep.

Kuldeep also shared about his good relationship with Warne and he considered him as a mentor. “I met him many times after that. He always used to guide me like a coach. Gradually he became like a friend. I spent a lot of time with him during our Australia tour. I always got the feeling that if I needed someone for suggestions he would be there. I chatted a lot on phone calls and messages.

“When I was very young I never thought I will meet him, get to discuss cricket and bowling with him so it was a very big thing for him,” said Kuldeep.

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