The grandest franchise league – Indian Premier League, is all set to commence from 9th April, 2021. The two-times champions Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking to repeat their heroics from 2012 and 2014. Their key bowler Kuldeep Yadav had a few light moments to share. Kuldeep Yadav isn’t having a very good time on the cricket field for the last 2 years. He has been out of form in the IPL for the last two years. He has not done well for India as well in white-ball cricket. However, Kuldeep Yadav thinks that Kolkata Knight Riders have the best spin department in the tournament.
In the past two IPL seasons, Kuldeep has taken a total of 5 wickets in 14 matches. He took 4 wickets in 9 matches in IPL 2019 at an economy of 8.66. And then he picked just one wicket in 4 matches in IPL 2020. He was benched for the rest of the tournament, with Varun Chakravarthy being preferred over him.
Shakib and Harbhajan’s inclusion has strengthens the spin department :
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) rectified their problems in the spin department by buying Harbhajan Singh and Shakib Al Hasan in the IPL 2021 auction. This would prove to be trouble for Kuldeep, given his current form. Kuldeep Yadav has had a terrible few months with the ball; with the most disappointing performances which came against England in the ODI series. He went wicketless in the two matches he played giving 68 and 84 runs respectively in those matches.
Yadav managed to pick two wickets against England in the only Test he played, after two years, for India. Now he will have to wait to see whether he’ll be picked in the playing XI of the KKR team. He talked about the KKR squad for IPL 2021 in an exclusive interview on Sports Yaari. He believes KKR has the best spinners in the IPL 2021 with himself, Sunil Narine, and Varun Chakravarthy in the squad in addition to Harbhajan Singh and Shakib Al Hasan.
Kuldeep Yadav thinks that Kolkata Knight Riders have the best spin department in the tournament as they head into the IPL 2021 :
“This time our team is well balanced, and with Harbhajan Singh’s selection, the team will get an edge. I am happy that we have new promising players in the team and with this confidence, I am sure that we will win the trophy this time.”– Kuldeep Yadav
KKR spinner Kuldeep Yadav was once considered to be one of the brightest young spinners in the world, the only Indian with multiple hat-tricks in international cricket, both coming in ODIs. Kuldeep Yadav is confident that he will bounce back and improve his game. KKR will play SRH in their first match of IPL 2021 on April 11.
“It was difficult to take wickets in this series, so my focus was to take down as many as I can. The gameplay of the opposite team was fearless. My rhythm was not up to the mark during the first ODI against England, however, I got better as the game progressed. But, after the three sixes in an over from Ben Stokes, it dented my economy rate.”– Kuldeep on his recent form