India’s chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, who was once hailed as India’s ‘Best overseas bowler’ by head coach Ravi Shastri, is now struggling to find a spot in India’s Test squad. After making his way into the Indian team in 2017, the left-arm leg-spinner cemented his spot in all three formats. However, since IPL 2019, Kuldeep hasn’t been up to the mark in terms of his performances. Moreover, he hasn’t got many chances as the team management hasn’t quite backed him.
Kuldeep gets to a play a Test after two long years
In February this year, against England in Chennai, Kuldeep made his comeback in Test cricket after two long years. Although he picked up two wickets in the match, Kuldeep was subsequently dropped from the next two Tests in Ahmedabad, despite the pitches supporting spin bowling. Plus, he hasn’t played T20Is for nearly 16 months now.
“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 was quoted as saying in News18.
There were days when you feel serving drinks and being on the bench is for the best: Kuldeep Yadav
“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 stated.
Kuldeep hasn’t been preferred by Kolkata Knight Riders as well, thus adding to his 2 year-long misery. He didn’t play a single match this year as he was benched throughout. “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 added.