Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav praised legendary batsman Rahul Dravid for motivating him in the tough times. Notably, Kuldeep Yadav performed brilliantly in the first ODI game against Sri Lanka at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
The Chinaman bowler picked two wickets in the One Day International game against the Lankan team. He dismissed opener Minod Bhanuka and Bhanuka Rajapaksha by giving away 48 runs in nine overs. Also, the wrist-spinner Kuldeep bowled with an economy of 5.33.
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While talking about former Indian captain; Dravid, Kuldeep said Rahul had his back in the difficult times. Also ‘The Wall’ of Indian cricket advised him to enjoy the game. Kuldeep Yadav was seen talking about this in a post-match press conference after the 7 wicket victory over Sri Lanka.
“Pressure and nervousness are always there when you play. I was playing after a long time. Initially, there were a lot of conversations, Rahul sir backed and motivated me a lot. He talked about enjoying the game, believing in the process that we worked on in the last fifteen days without worrying about the result. I am very happy about the good performance,” Kuldeep was quoted as saying.
It’s difficult to stay in the bubble for a long time but when you are not playing: Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav opened about the difficulties of staying in bio-bubble and not getting the opportunity to play the match. However later he mentioned that every time player doesn’t get a chance, they just have to wait for an opportunity. Notably, Kuldeep Yadav was the only player who played the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka without playing a single game in IPL 2021.
“It’s difficult to stay in the bubble for a long time but when you are not playing, a lot of doubts creep into your mind. Perhaps, there are a lot of people who want to help you, talk to you, but the more you talk the more doubts are created. But it’s a team sport, sometimes you get the chance, sometimes you don’t. You should just wait for that opportunity,” he added.
Talking about the match, India won the game comfortably by 7 wickets. Bowlers did an amazing job by stopping Sri Lankan batsmen at the score of 262. Notably, the spin duo of Kuldeep and Chahal picked 2 wickets each while Deepak Chahar got 2 scalps.
While chasing Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan, and Suryakumar Yadavwent berserk against bowlers. Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan played a captaincy knock scoring 86 runs.