“I miss MS Dhoni’s guidance”: Kuldeep Yadav after getting snubbed for England tour

Indian left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was not picked in the recently-announced 20-member squad of Team India for the England tour by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Kanpur-born has been pretty unlucky as despite being travelling in the Indian bio-bubble for a long time, he didn’t get many chances in the…

“I miss MS Dhoni’s guidance”: Kuldeep Yadav after getting snubbed for England tour

Indian left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was not picked in the recently-announced 20-member squad of Team India for the England tour by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Kanpur-born has been pretty unlucky as despite being travelling in the Indian bio-bubble for a long time, he didn’t get many chances in the playing XI.

In the last six months, Kuldeep has played only one Test and two ODIs. He was also demoted in BCCI’s annual contract and failed to get a game for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the recently postponed Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

As the future of the 26-year-old looks uncertain, Kuldeep has revealed that he misses MS Dhoni’s guidance from behind the stumps. Since MSD’s retirement, a decline has been witnessed in the left-armer’s bowling in the international arena.

“Sometimes I miss that guidance because he (Mahi) has a great experience. He used to guide us behind the wicket, kept screaming! We miss his experience. Rishabh is there now; the more he plays, the more input he will give in the future. I always felt every bowler needs a partner who can respond from the other end,” Kuldeep told The Indian Express in an exclusive interview.

Kuldeep also pointed out that a spinner like him likes bowling with partners, stating he and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal haven’t played a lot together since Dhoni bid farewell to international cricket.

“When Mahibhai was there, Chahal and I were playing. Ever since Mahi bhai left, Chahal and I haven’t played together. I played only a handful of games after Mahibhai left. I must have played ten-odd games. I had even taken a hat-trick. If you look at the performance as a whole, it will look pretty decent, but my performance can sometimes look not up to the mark if one breaks it up. One has to also look at the opposition we are playing against,” he added.

After failing to book a flight to England, Kuldeep might get picked for the Sri Lanka tour as India will field their second-string team in the absence of star players. The ‘Men in Blue’ are expected to play three ODIs and as many T20Is against the Lankans in July.

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Venkatesh Prasad names the best Indian captain from his cricketing days

Former right arm seamer Venkatesh Prasad opened up about his international cricketing days on Sunday (May 9). Prasad was one of the first proponents of slower deliveries in international cricket. The Karnataka cricketer played under the leadership of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Mohammed Azharuddin. Prasad is famous for his two stupendous spells against Pakistan.…

Venkatesh Prasad names the best Indian captain from his cricketing days

Former right arm seamer Venkatesh Prasad opened up about his international cricketing days on Sunday (May 9).

Prasad was one of the first proponents of slower deliveries in international cricket. The Karnataka cricketer played under the leadership of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Mohammed Azharuddin.

Prasad is famous for his two stupendous spells against Pakistan. The first one came when he sent the in-form Pakistani batsman Aamer Sohail back to the pavilion during the 1996 World Cup. Sohail had slashed Prasad for a boundary before making a distasteful gesture. Prasad took up the challenge and clean bowled a complacent Sohail ending his innings.

The second instance dates back to the 1999 Test Series when Prasad bowled a maiden spell and scalped five wickets.

Thus, Prasad performed to the top of the bent in his cricketing days.

When asked about the best captain he played under, Prasad comfortably named Azharuddin since the former Indian skipper gave his bowlers the freedom to set their own field.

“I can be very diplomatic here. I can easily say that ‘look, everybody is different in their own way’. But I was always comfortable when Azhar was the captain because he used to just throw the ball at you and would ask what field do you want. And when I set a field, I own the responsibility to bowl to that field, isn’t it? So that’s how it was,” Prasad said in the Grade Cricketer podcast.

Expounding the same, Prasad pointed out that he had a rapport with Azhar as they had played quite a lot of cricket together in their early days.

“It wasn’t as if I was not comfortable with Sachin or Ganguly either but I guess my best performances came when Azhar was the captain and that’s how it was. Also, Azhar happens to come from Hyderabad and Karnataka and Hyderabad aren’t very far so we knew each other very well. We used to play against each other, also together when there were zonal teams. So that’s how the rapport and understanding was much better,” Prasad added.

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