ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 – India vs Australia – Kuldeep Yadav on how he improved his bowling

left arm wrist spinner -Kuldeep Yadav He attributes his recent success in white-ball cricket to increasing the speed of his balls and putting less weight on his right foot while bowling.
His variation, especially in ODIs over the last few years, has been exemplary and he has acknowledged One notch up in 2023, Kuldeep has taken 35 wickets in 17 innings this year at an average of 16.31 and economy of 4.68. No other Indian bowler has more wickets to his name in 2023, while only Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane leads the overall tally with 43 wickets.
“Everyone told me that my balls needed pace but no one told me how to do it,” said Kuldeep, who dismissed David Warner and Glenn Maxwell in India’s ODI World Cup victory. opener against australia, said after the game. “The important aspect on a turner is the speed at which the ball turns. Sometimes turners are slow, it is important to vary the pace.

“It was not a slow turner (in Chennai), but I had to increase the pace of my balls. For example, Glenn Maxwell did not get time and if you saw how Smith was bowled (to Jadeja). So, turn as well. With this, speed of delivery also becomes important.”

The turning point in Kuldeep’s career came when he underwent knee surgery in 2021. During the rehab phase, former India team physio Ashish Kaushik advised him to put less pressure on his right leg and it seems the move has worked for Kuldeep. He took 2 wickets for 42 runs in his ten overs against Australia and both wickets came at crucial times.

“Once I was coming back from injury, physio Ashish Kaushik advised that the load on my right leg should be reduced,” Kuldeep said. “After rehab, I implemented it in my training and then in match situations and I felt the difference. It didn’t happen overnight though. It took about six months to get the rhythm back.”

India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey He is also happy with Kuldeep’s progress in the ODL format this year. Mhambrey said, “Credit must be given to Kuldeep that he has worked on it. Sometimes when you have such conversations with a bowler, you get a self-realization of what areas I need to work on.” Need to.” , “He has worked on a few things, made technical changes and you can see it in his bowling. The pace has increased, the lengths and areas have become better and in that respect, there are big challenges for us.”

“The way he has played, the way he has bowled over the years. It is not just the numbers but also how you adapt. He provides a different variety to the team.”

While India went with the spin trio of Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin and Kuldeep for their opening match of the World Cup, Kuldeep was of the opinion that the combination could well change at other venues.

“Not sure about the whole tournament, but in the last few years we have seen that you can play with three spinners in Chennai,” Kuldeep said. “If the other team had three quality spinners, it would have been difficult for us as a batting unit as well. I think Maxwell bowled well, but he didn’t get support from the other end.”

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