Kuldeep opens up on his recent failures and struggles

Indian left-arm chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav opened up about his recent struggles and failures in the Indian Cricket team as well as in IPL.

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Indian left-arm chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav is currently going through the rough patches of his cricket career in any format. Nowadays the spinner is finding it hard to get himself among wickets. Since ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, his performances have started to drop and as a result, now he is not a permanent member of the Indian squad in any format.

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The story remains the same in the Indian Premier League too. In the last two seasons, he is not considered the first-choice spinner in Kolkata Knight Riders. In 2020, Kuldeep Yadav got only four games to play, while he didn’t get any in the first half of IPL 2021, before the suspension of the league.

After all these failures and struggles, the spinner opened up on that. “When you are playing non-stop, players do feel high on confidence. The more one sits out the more it gets tougher. I felt a huge pressure on me when I played the Test against England in Chennai this February. Due to Covid, there was nothing happening, so things got really tougher even more last year,” Kuldeep said.

“I did, sometimes I felt, ‘what is going on?’. It was difficult times. Sometimes, the mind says, ‘ab shayad woh Kuldeep nahi rahe.’ There were days when you feel serving drinks and being on the bench is for the best and then but there are days you don’t want to be in that place,” he quoted.

The spinner is highly disappointed in not considering him as an option during the games played at Chennai by Kolkata Knight Riders. The franchise preferred Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine, and Shakib Al Hassan as the spin options ahead of Kuldeep Yadav. Without any doubt, the kind of Chennai surface the franchise played would have assisted the spinner to regain his momentum.

“I was especially when I didn’t find a place in my IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders. I wondered, ‘am I that bad?’ It’s a team-management decision and it would be wrong to go and ask them. I wasn’t played in Chennai during the IPL despite knowing it’s a turner. I was a bit shocked but couldn’t do anything,” Kuldeep said.


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