Kuldeep Yadav has had a brilliant start to his international career, making a huge impact in that final test against Australia in India, the bamboozling all visiting teams in the grand limited overs series at home, and finally coming off age in the tour against South Africa, picking up 17 wickets and leading India to a historic series win.
Kuldeep is currently enjoying his rest period as he wasn’t drafted into the side for the Sri Lanka tour after a gruelling series in South Africa.
Kuldeep spoke to the media today about the influence of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, and how the two have help mould his career until now.
Kuldeep had special praise for Dhoni, who has been a pillar of strength for Kuldeep, guiding him from behind the stumps during all important moments of a game.
Dhoni has helped both the spinners understand how batsmen approach the game, and how different batsmen would play against them, and then advises them to bowl a certain kind of line and length.
“Mahi bhai is a legend. He has played over 300 ODIs for India and he has given so much to the team. It’s a matter of pride for us that we play with him. He motivates us so much from behind the stumps. He looks after everything and you need someone, who guides you all the time,” Kuldeep told India Today.
“He never speaks about my skills but always helps and talks about the mindset of the batsman, his strength, mindset and weaknesses. He also talks to me at nets. It’s good that we have two legends playing in the team,” he added.
Kuldeep has also credited Virat Kohli for leading India from the front and putting in so much faith in the younger players.
“You learn after seeing someone like Virat. He wants that the team to play like a unit and fight hard. If you look at our team for the past two to three years, we are doing that and India’s style has changed and the whole credit goes to Virat Kohli. The way he motivates the team and talks to the youngsters…that is very important,” the chinaman said
“I’ve played all my matches under Kohli and he has supported me a lot. Although I made my debut in Tests in his absence, he would come out with drinks and explain things. It feels good if your captain shows belief in you. If your captain believes in you, your work becomes a lot easier,” he concluded.