Kuldeep Yadav Admits Of Missing MS Dhoni Behind The Stumps

Kuldeep Yadav admitted that he misses the guidance of former India captain MS Dhoni. There was a time when the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal made for the two first-choice spinners for India. Both spinners had a knack of picking up wickets in tandem, and the pair of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav would even often pip Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin to be in the playing XI in limited-overs cricket. Kuldeep Yadav Miss Guidance Of MS Dhoni Behind The Wicket But things have changed since last year. The wrist spin duo has struggled and their performances

Kuldeep Yadav Admits Of Missing MS Dhoni Behind The Stumps

Kuldeep Yadav admitted that he misses the guidance of former India captain MS Dhoni. There was a time when the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal made for the two first-choice spinners for India.

Both spinners had a knack of picking up wickets in tandem, and the pair of Yuzvendra Chahal and would even often pip Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin to be in the playing XI in limited-overs cricket.

Yuzvendra Chahal (left) and Kuldeep Yadav have been India’s premier spin pairing for the last two years. | Ron Gaunt / BCCI / SPORTZPICS

Kuldeep Yadav Miss Guidance Of MS Dhoni Behind The Wicket

But things have changed since last year. The wrist spin duo has struggled and their performances have dipped. The two India spinners often find themselves out of the playing XI.
In fact, Kuldeep Yadav, who had an insipid series against England at home earlier this year, was not picked in the squad for the England tour which includes the WTC Final. Once a vital member of both India and KKR’s attack, the chinaman spin bowler has struggled recently and he is not even a regular in the playing XI.
In a recent interview, Kuldeep Yadav admitted that he misses the guidance of former India skipper MS Dhoni. The former wicketkeeper-batsman was an integral reason behind the success of ‘Kul-Cha’. MS Dhoni was often seen suggesting bowling plans to the pair from behind the stumps, and he would often back them when chips were down.
Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav Photo Credit: AP

“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,” Kuldeep said in an interview with Indian Express.

The chinaman spinner didn’t perform up to expectations for India as well having picked only 6 wickets in 2020 bowling 50 overs in ODIs averaging above 50. He hasn’t picked up a wicket in 2021 in ODIs despite bowling 19 overs.

Kuldeep Yadav Said Ever Since MS Dhoni Left, He Played Only A Handful Of Games

Last season, Kuldeep Yadav returned with just one wicket in five IPL 2020 matches at UAE, of which he was not given the ball in one. was also a member of the Indian squads in the recent series against Australia and England. But he featured in only one ODI in Australia and one Test and two ODIs against England without any noteworthy performances.

“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 added.

Kuldeep Yadav (left) and MS Dhoni | Deepak Malik/SPORTZPICS
Kuldeep Yadav (left) and MS Dhoni | Deepak Malik/SPORTZPICS

“When Mahi was there, I and Chahal were playing. Ever since Mahi left, Chahal and I haven’t played together. I played only a handful of games after Mahi left,” he further said.

“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 if one breaks it up then my performance sometimes can look not up to the mark,” he signed off.

In the first ODI against England, Kuldeep Yadav was hit for 68 runs in 9 overs. In the 2nd ODI, he was hammered for 84 runs in 10 overs. He had a tough last few years in international cricket. His figures in the England ODI series read 0-152 in 19 overs. The chinaman spinner has only played 7 ODIs from January 2020 for India.

He played only one out of the 4 Tests against England but did not get a place in the squad for the T20I series. The 26-year-old chinaman spinner finally played the 2nd Test against England after the one against Australia in January 2019.  He debuted in all three formats in 2017 but has only played 7 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 21 T20Is.

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Australia Distracted By India’s Sideshows During 2-1 Test Series Loss, Says Tim Paine

Tim Paine pointed fingers at India’s reported reluctance to go to Brisbane for the final Test as one of the instances of the visiting team trying to distract them. Australia was beaten at the Gabba as Tim Paine’s side lost the 4-Test series 2-1 to India. Australia captain Tim Paine has said his side allowed themselves to be distracted by India’s “sideshows” during the intense 4-Test series which the visitors won in a dramatic fashion earlier this year. Tim Paine Received Lot Of Criticism After Test Series Loss To India Tim Paine received a lot of flak after his side

Australia Distracted By India’s Sideshows During 2-1 Test Series Loss, Says Tim Paine

Tim Paine pointed fingers at India’s reported reluctance to go to Brisbane for the final Test as one of the instances of the visiting team trying to distract them. Australia was beaten at the Gabba as Tim Paine’s side lost the 4-Test series 2-1 to India.

Australia captain Tim Paine has said his side allowed themselves to be distracted by India’s “sideshows” during the intense 4-Test series which the visitors won in a dramatic fashion earlier this year.

Australia Test skipper Tim Paine (Photo | AP)

Tim Paine Received Lot Of Criticism After Test Series Loss To India

Tim Paine received a lot of flak after his side went 2-1 against a depleted Indian side which was without captain Virat Kohli after the first Test wherein the visitors were bundled out for 36, their lowest-ever Test score. India bounced back, hammering Australia in before they sealed a heroic draw in Sydney, denying Australia with some gutsy batting on a Day 5 pitch at the SCG.

The problems got bigger and bigger for India as they were without even one of their frontline bowlers for the fourth and final Test at the Gabba, where Australia hadn’t lost a Test since 1988. However, stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane’s men breached the Gabba fortress, sealing an emphatic win after chasing down 329 on the final day.

Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Australia bowlers looked deflated on the final day and captain Tim Paine was far from impressed with his glovework and tactics. Australia lost the series 2-1 as India won their second successive series on Australian soil.

As the action moved to Gabba for the final game of the series – a venue where Australia had not lost a Test match since 1988, no one gave India a chance, and yet, the visitors proved everyone wrong, winning the match by three wickets, with Rishabh Pant once again leading India’s charge with an unbeaten 89, along with half-centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara (56) and young Shubman Gill (91).

Rishabh Pant’s 97 nearly turned the Sydney Test in India’s favour which India managed to draw while his 89 not out at Brisbane won them the series Down Under. Ajinkya Rahane set the tone for a dramatic turnaround for the visitors with a match-winning ton in the 2nd Test at Melbourne.

Tim Paine: Australia Was Distracted When India Informed They Weren’t Going To The Gabba

Paine, speaking to the press in Australia on Thursday, has pointed fingers at reports of India unwilling to go to Brisbane for the final Test as one of their efforts to distract the host team. While there was speculation about India’s reluctance over quarantine rules in Brisbane, none of the players or the team management said they would not travel to Queensland. Eventually, the final Test went ahead at the Gabba only to see Australia losing their fortress.

“Part of the challenge of playing against India is they’re very good at niggling you and trying to distract you with stuff that doesn’t really matter and there were times in that series where we fell for that,” Tim Paine said, as quoted by news.com.au.

“The classic example was when they said they weren’t going to the Gabba so we didn’t know where we were going. They’re very good at creating these sideshows and we took our eye off the ball.”

Virat Kohli backs Ajinkya Rahane Image Source : GETTY IMAGE
Virat Kohli backs Ajinkya Rahane
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After winning the Test series in Australia, India returned home to a hero’s welcome. They lost the first Test of a 4-Test series against England at home but bounced back to win the series 3-1 and booked a place in the final of the World Test Championship.

Virat Kohli’s men will travel to England in the first week of June and complete the mandatory quarantine period before taking on New Zealand in the World Test Championship final in Southampton from June 18 before 5 Tests against hosts England commences from August.

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