Kuldeep Yadav‘s journey in the World Cup, Rohit Sharma and the management demonstrating strategic brilliance in managing the spin expert’s participation.
Kuldeep Yadav recently earned the prestigious Player-of-the-Series award at the Asia Cup, the Indian cricket team management has adopted a strategic approach by keeping him out of action for the first two ODIs against Australia.
Kuldeep’s outstanding performance in the Asia Cup, where he secured a total of nine wickets in five matches with an impressive average of 11.44 and an economy rate of 3.61, has solidified his role as a valuable asset for the Indian team.
His remarkable achievements included a stunning five-wicket haul against arch-rivals Pakistan, playing a significant role in India’s dominant 228-run victory. Kuldeep further showcased his wrist-spin skills by taking four crucial wickets in a spirited defense of a modest 213-run total against Sri Lanka.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma explained the decision to exclude the left-arm spinner from the initial matches against Australia, saying:
“We have been looking at Kuldeep for the last one, one and a half years, this is why we don’t want to expose him a lot. He is coming back for the last match. There are a lot of reasons.”
“This is the best decision for us, to have him sit out for two games and play the third. We also have two practice matches (before the World Cup opener), so for the bowling rhythm, he will be back in it,” Rohit said.
‘He is one of the trump cards for the team’ – Ajit Agarkar expresses his confidence in Kuldeep
Ajit Agarkar highlighted the invaluable attributes that render Kuldeep an essential component of India’s World Cup journey. The BCCI chief selector stressed the importance of instilling faith and confidence in a bowler’s mentality.
“Every player needs to be shown faith, given a bit of confidence, which the team management has done and it is showing on the field. In various conditions and against varied opposition, he is one of the trump cards for the team.”
“I’m happy and excited about what he is doing. Clearly, most teams coming up against him find it a challenge, and where he is at, all of us are excited at what lies ahead.” Agarkar observed.