India’s chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav has made a name for himself by putting in impressive performances in all the limited opportunities that he has got so far in his short career. Whenever he played, he became the go-to bowler for the skipper Virat Kohli.
Kuldeep opened up about how Kohli urges him to improve his fitness. He believes that he is a lot fitter now as compared to his Under-19 days.
“Virat bhai keeps telling me to work on my fitness more than other things, but he also tells me to work hard on my bowling. It is good that the skipper believes in me and believes in wrist spinners. It is good for the team as well. I think I have improved a lot. When I used to play for Under-19 Indian team, then I wasn’t too fit. Today I feel that I am much fitter,” said Kuldeep Yadav in his interview with Xtratime.
Kumble and Shastri treated me the same
Kuldeep Yadav also drew comparisons between the former head coach Anil Kumble and the current coach Ravi Shastri. The 22-year-old made his international debut under Kumble and he feels the treatment he received from both coaches has been pretty much the same.
“I think they both have treated me in the same manner. I don’t find any difference as such and I don’t think too much about this aspect. I focus more on how I can improve myself for the team. For this, I used to speak with Anil sir and I speak with Ravi sir also for this same thing,” Kuldeep said.
“My bowling style isn’t about restricting runs. If I try to do that, I will end up conceding even more runs. So I look to take wickets at every possible opportunity. That way the team also benefits because if you do not take wickets then you are an ordinary bowler. Taking wickets should be a habit for bowlers. And my thought process is very simple in this regard,” he added.