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Revealed: Kuldeep Yadav’s preparation for Windies Tests

By Chaitanya Laxman

One of the highlights of India’s thumping win over West Indies in the first Test was Kuldeep Yadav’s five-wicket haul in the second innings.

The wristspinner who looked tamed in the only Test he played in England delivered an impressive performance to claim his maiden five wicket haul in Tests. But how did this turnaround happen? Kuldeep revealed how he improved his bowling while speaking with the media after the Test match.

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Bowled a lot with red- ball: Kuldeep

The Indian spinner said that he went to his coach after returning from England, and bowled a lot with the red ball for 3-4 days.

He admitted that it was difficult for him since after playing with the white ball, you tend to lose the rhythm for red-ball cricket. Kuldeep revealed that he was with his coach for 4-5 days and concentrated a lot on bowling around the wicket as well as over the wicket.

He noted that they worked on his release, and also on the pace as according to Kuldeep in one-day cricket your pace increases. But when you play Test cricket, you have to ‘air’ the ball hoping that the batsman would take his chance.

Coming back to Tests is challenging: Kuldeep

The wristspinner explained that coming back to the red ball from the white ball is very difficult and also challenging.  He stated  that it takes time to get used to it as the white ball is a bit hard and is easier to grip. But the red ball, after a few overs, it gets softer, so it takes time to adjust.

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Kuldeep wants to play Test cricket for long

Speaking about Test cricket, Kuldeep revealed that the red-ball cricket is very close to his heart and he wants to play red-ball cricket for long.

He added that in England, the conditions were different, and maybe he could have bowled well there, but it did not happen that way. But at the same time he feels that after coming here, played two matches with India A, it was a good comeback.

Chaitanya Laxman

Smitten by cricket, green mountains, and written words, Chaitanya is engrossed with cricket stats and analysis. But cricket commentary is what he savors the most.