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Kuldeep Yadav happy to get Yuvraj Singh’s appreciation

KKR spinner reflects on the season and his performance in the playoff match against SRH

Delhi 26 May 2016
After spending a considerable amount of time on the Kolkata Knight Riders bench, Kuldeep Yadav made his IPL debut in the ongoing 2016 season and has impressed the seniors of the game. While KKR lost to the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator, the young spinner claimed three for 35, including the wicket of David Warner. His performance was lauded by none other than Yuvraj Singh, who was part of the opposition camp.

Speaking about his season, in which he claimed six wickets from three games, young Kuldeep said, “It ended on a good performance personally but not a good result for the team unfortunately. It feels good when Yuvi bhai (Yuvraj Singh) appreciates you. He knows me for a long time and it is a big thing for me that a cricket legend talks to me so affectionately and acknowledges me. That really feels good.”
Asked about his plan for David Warner, he said, “I was planning for him. I have seen the Delhi wicket; it was holding and keeping low. So I was trying to give him a single or two (and contain boundaries), mixing the pace and variation.”

The lad from Uttar Pradesh has been performing consistently in the domestic circuit. Asked about his form in domestic cricket and carrying it into the IPL, he said, “It has been very good. I have been working very hard since the domestic season. I have been working very hard with Adrian (Le Roux – KKR Trainer) and also on my bowling with Brad Hogg and some of the senior players. And if you can perform like this, you feel good.”

“They keep telling me about how to plan for various batsmen. During net sessions, they also keep telling me how to bowl to an attacking batsman or a defensive batsman. So that really helped me a lot,” he added. Asked to elaborate on his plans for the different batsmen he countered, he replied, “It depends (differs) upon who is batting. It is different when David Warner is batting and when Yuvraj Singh is batting. I have a plan for Warner also. I don’t want to share it though.”

Speaking about his trade, the bowler who also bowls the chinaman variety, said, “It is a very different art and chinaman is not the one that you can bowl regularly.”

Talking about the consistency of his performance he said, “I think it is hard work. I have been with this franchise for three years and I had played only three games in three years. So I was working very hard off the field also. I have been working on all aspects of the game and fitness. And it has definitely paid off.”
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