Here’s why Kuldeep Yadav is bowling with the wet ball in the nets
India will look to beat New Zealand for the first time in T20Is.
Updated - Oct 31, 2017 6:22 pm
India and New Zealand are all set to lock horns against each other in first of the three-match T20I series in Delhi on Wednesday. Generally, during the winter season the dew sets in pretty early in India and there is every possibility that both the teams will have to counter with it while bowling. However, it seems that Indian bowlers have found a way to counter the threat courtesy the bowling coach Bharat Arun. The left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav was found bowling with the wet ball in order to get used to it during the game.
The dew plays a huge role under lights as the ball skids and comes onto the bat nicely which makes the stroke play extremely easy for the batsmen. Any score becomes chaseable as bowlers miss their mark more often than due to slippery ball. Kuldeep was seen soaking the white cherry with the mineral water after every second delivery before bowling. He primarily bowled to Dinesh Karthik in the nets and he played him out easily.
It will be interesting to see if the strategy works for the wrist spinner in case he features in the game. It had worked for Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the past who also employed the same strategy on his way to becoming one of the best bowlers at the death. Yuzvendra Chahal will also be playing the match which will bid farewell to Ashish Nehra who was announced his retirement from International cricket.
Can India beat New Zealand in T20Is?
New Zealand has never lost to India in the history of T20 Internationals and they would like to continue the winning streak against the hosts. The Black Caps are also the top-ranked side when it comes to the shortest format of the game and are only a solitary point ahead of Pakistan. India, on the other hand, will look to arrest their losses against the visitors and win the series in a canter. They are currently fifth placed in T20 rankings and will climb up to the second place if they manage to whitewash the Kiwis.