Kuldeep Yadav opens up on what was told to him after getting excluded from the Test squad in England

Kuldeep Yadav opens up on what was told to him after getting excluded from the Test squad in England

Kuldeep is currently a part of the India 'A' team, which is playing a two-match unofficial Test series against Australia 'A'.

Kuldeep Yadav of India bowls during a net session
Kuldeep Yadav of India bowls during a net session. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav made the headlines when India played the limited overs series’ against England and Ireland courtesy of his stupendous bowling spell one after the other. Such was his dominance that he was drafted into the Test squad against the Three Lions. After being benched for the first Test at Edgbaston, he finally got his chance at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground.

However, he was entrusted with only nine overs in which he couldn’t pick up a wicket. Subsequently, he was dropped for the third Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. To add insult to injury, he was left out of the squad for the last two Tests at The Ageas Bowl and Kennington Oval respectively. Recently, the 23-year-old revealed what MSK Prasad and Ravi Shastri told him before he returned India.

These two unofficial Tests are very important for me

“I spoke to (Chairman of Selectors) M.S.K. Prasad sir and India head coach Ravi (Shastri) sir before leaving England. They told me to play as much cricket as possible. The conditions in England were such that a team can play only one spinner. So opportunities for me were few. I’d rather play here, as sitting out of the Indian team does not really help me,” Kuldeep was quoted as saying in Times Now.

Kuldeep is currently a part of the India ‘A’ team, which is playing a two-match unofficial Test series against Australia ‘A’. The opening match was played in Bangalore and the left-arm leg-break bowler picked up four wickets in the contest. The tweaker also put forth the significance of the matches in order to get himself prepared for India’s upcoming Test, ODI and T20I series against the Windies.

“These two unofficial Tests are very important for me, as I can build my red-ball experience. If I get into the rhythm for India-A, then I will be better prepared for the West Indies series,” he added.

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