Kuldeep eyes IPL to make a statement and return to Indian team
India’s wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav might not be a part of the national team set up across formats but he is giving absolutely everything to get back to his best. The spinner is aiming to cement his place in the Indian team for the upcoming T20 World Cup by playing good cricket in the IPL.
It was only a year ago, Kuldeep was looked upon as India’s best spin bowling option in overseas conditions, but a dip in form kept him at bay. However, he doesn’t feel anything wrong. He was last seen playing a Test match in January 2018 against Australia in Sydney, while his last T20 game was against Sri Lanka in January this year.
“I don’t feel anything went wrong. It depends on the combination. In New Zealand the wickets were quite different, you might have seen that there were no spin tracks in Tests. Moreover, it was not a long Test series as well,” Kuldeep told PTI on Thursday.
The wrist spinner was given one opportunity to play in one of the three ODIs in the New Zealand which India lost 0-3. Kuldeep added that chief coach Ravi Shastri has backed him a lot.
“(Coach) Ravi bhai (Shastri) backs me a lot. He is open to everything. Whatever cricket I played till date, he backed me a lot. It was a team decision keeping in mind the conditions.”
Kuldeep wants to forget the past as he wants to target the IPL, starting March 29, in order to make a strong statement and return to the India fold.
“IPL is such a platform which changes every year. You need to be active every time and adapt to the changes. I am right now fully prepared for IPL.
“I got plenty of time to plan also. IPL is very important (for making a comeback in Indian team),” he spoke the sidelines of the fourth Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) here.
The T20 World Cup tournament will be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15.
“Every player wants to play more because the more you play, the more you improve. IPL is such a platform where you get to play regularly over the course of one and half months and it will in turn result in performance,” he added.