It looks very hard to believe that a match-winner like Kuldeep Yadav has been struggling to find a place in the Indian team across the three formats since a while now. Before the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) edition, the young chinaman bowler was considered as India’s X-Factor especially in the limited-overs formats. However, a poor IPL season with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and a degrading performance in the 2019 World Cup saw his stocks going down rapidly.
After the mega event, Kuldeep was dropped from the T20I squad and wasn’t picked in the Test playing XI as well. However, he was recently picked in the national squad for the upcoming T20I as well as ODI series against West Indies at home. The dangerous leg-spin combo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal might be seen during the home limited-overs series against the Windies.
“I’m a massive Kuldeep Yadav fan and in terms of strike rates you see he is the quickest to 100 ODI wickets and even in the shorter format, if you look at the match we won in England, he picked up five wickets at a time where the opposition was running away from the match. I wouldn’t count out Kuldeep Yadav, it’s just that he’s had a couple of poor games in the IPL last season. For him, and if he does really well, it will be very hard to keep him out,” quoted Sanjay Bangar.
Bangar further stated that it is very important to have a wrist spinner in the team in the T20 format as India has had a great success in the recent few years with the duo of Chahal and Kuldeep. However, the former Indian batsman noted that the team also needs a spinner who can bowl his quota of four over as well as contribute with the bat lower down the order. Bangar picked Ravindra Jadeja over Krunal Pandya for that spot.
“You require a wrist spinner in the T20 format, it has been a very major component in India’s success wherein 2 wrist spinners played a massive role in most of the one day’s and T20 series the team has had across conditions hence you will need a bowler who is capable of bowling the complete 4 overs and also bat at No. 7,” said Bangar.
“Hence, I feel Ravinder Jadeja edges over Krunal Pandya here as Krunal hasn’t been able to deliver the complete 4 overs at times and Jadeja has been in great form recently,” the former batting coach concluded.