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Does Kuldeep Yadav miss MS Dhoni's guidance?

Kuldeep Yadav is a chinaman spinner for Team India, having represented the side across formats. However, his performance has taken a hit of late, especially following the retirement of MS Dhoni, under whom Kuldeep was a consistent performer.

Does Kuldeep Yadav miss MS Dhoni's guidance behind the stumps?-ayh
Kanpur, First Published May 12, 2021, 4:07 PM IST
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Indian chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav does not find himself as a regular player for Team India across formats. Furthermore, his performance has taken a hit in the past couple of years, leading to him falling out of favour.

Recently, he was demoted in the annual contract list by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, from Grade A (₹5 crore) to Grade C (₹1 crore). Also, his outing in the Indian Premier League for Kolkata Knight Riders in the past couple of seasons has taken a hit, which he has not been the side’s first-choice spinner this season.

Notably, Kuldeep was a regular performer a couple of years earlier, when former skipper MS Dhoni continued to play. However, ever since the latter’s retirement, Kuldeep’s performance has been on a downward spiral. He was also dropped from India’s squad that is supposed to travel to England for the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand next month and the subsequent five Tests against England.

On the same note, he was asked by The Indian Express if he misses Dhoni behind the stumps. “Sometimes I miss that guidance because he has 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,” he said.

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“When Mahibhai was there, I and Chahal were playing. Ever since Mahibhai 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.

Speaking on how if he interacted with current Indian skipper Virat Kohli and senior opener Rohit Sharma, he asserted, “I did. They motivated me, but the team combination was such that I wasn’t getting in.”

On being questioned about his plans on making a swift return to the national side, he revealed that working hard is the only option now. “I want to work on my bowling and also work on my batting. To get my rhythm, I need to play more games. The more I play, the better I will be again,” he concluded.

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