Sometimes I miss Dhoni’s guidance from behind the wicket: Kuldeep
India’s chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav has been out of form for a long time now. The spinner hasn’t had the best of times now. During the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League, he didn’t play even a single game for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Recently, he opened up his struggles and added that how upset he was after he didn’t get an opportunity to play in Chennai. It is well-known that the Chennai pitch is conducive to spinners. Sadly, Kuldeep was not considered at all.
In the last year, Kuldeep didn’t relish much success even for the Indian cricket team. In February, he made his comeback to Test cricket after a long gap of two years. The spinner couldn’t weave the magic as he failed to register even a single wicket against England in 2 ODIs. In addition, he hasn’t played T20Is since January 2020.
Meanwhile, the left-arm spinner mentioned that he misses MS Dhoni’s support and guidance from behind the wickets. MS Dhoni has backed Kuldeep time and time again and the result was there for everyone to see on the pitch. MS Dhoni and Kuldeep played together in the 2019 World Cup.
After that, Dhoni called it quits from international cricket. Since then, India mostly relied on Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and KL Rahul as the wicketkeeper. It is a known fact that ‘Kulcha’ (Kuldeep and Chahal) shined under MS Dhoni’s guidance.
After Dhoni’s departure from the Indian cricket team, Kuldeep struggled to cement his spot in the national team. “Sometimes I miss that guidance because he (Mahi) has a great experience. He used to guide us behind the wicket, kept screaming! We miss his experience.
Rishabh is there now, the more he plays, the more input he will give in the future. I always felt every bowler needs a partner who can respond from the other end,” Kuldeep told The Indian Express.
“When Mahibhai was there, I and Chahal were playing. Ever since Mahi bhai left, Chahal and I haven’t played together. I played only a handful of games after Mahibhai left. I must have played ten-odd games. I had even taken a hat-trick.
“If you look at the performance as a whole, it will look pretty decent but if one breaks it up then my performance sometimes can look not up to the mark. One has to also look at the opposition we are playing against,” he added.