Will Be Successful If I Learn Something From Shane Warne: Kuldeep

The Aussies have time and again struggled to pick Yadav but the chinaman spinner said he’s not a mystery bowler.

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Kuldeep Yadav.

He may have become India's latest spin sensation but chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav said he isn’t thinking about being seen as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja's replacement.

Wrist spinners Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been instrumental in the team's 4-1 ODI series win, and 1-0 advantage in the ongoing three-match T20I series against Australia.

I don’t think that far. Both Ash and Jaddu bhai have been consistent performers for India in all the three formats. There’s no question of thinking about replacing them.
Ravindra Jadeja

"We are very young, and there's a lot of cricket left in us. It has never crossed my mind," the 22-year-old added.


The Aussies have time and again struggled to pick Yadav but the chinaman spinner said he’s not a mystery bowler.

"I'm not a mystery bowler who will bowl from different hands. Obviously after two-three years they will pick you and it becomes easy for them. For me, if your basics like alignment and accuracy are right, it becomes easy for you.”

“For me it does not matter if someone tries to pick you from video analysis. If you bowl in right areas, have good variations, landing on the spot and beating the batsmen in air, no matter how many times you see the video, it won't matter," said Yadav.

Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal
Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal
(Photo: AP)

Underlining the need to do the basics right, Yadav said:

In T20s you can get wickets anytime as batsmen always try to hit you out of the park. Your basics need to be right without thinking much about the batsmen. If you focus on your strengths, you become more successful.

‘I Stay in Touch With Warne’

Yadav said he’s learnt a lot by playing with Aussie chinaman specialist Brad Hogg at Kolkata Knight Riders, while he is also in regular touch with his idol Shane Warne.

Both play a very important role in my career. I’ve followed Shane Warne since childhood. He’s my idol. My life will be a success if I could achieve 50 percent of what he has achieved. I stay in touch with him.

"I've been with Hogg in KKR for two seasons, I've learnt a lot from him as well. I still talk to Hogg on my bowling.”

“It's very important when you talk with senior players who have played a lot and legends in their games. Your career gets a boost and you even gain some experience from them," he said.

On what he is learning from Warne, Yadav said: "His wrist work, flight and drift, and the way he deceives any batsman. I will be successful if I get to learn something from him." Asked about Hogg's contribution, Yadav said he had picked up "flipper or wrong one" from the fellow chinaman.


“He's 46 now with a career span of over 23 years. For me, it's just the start of my career. It's great to learn from him. All these small things are useful for me.” Yadav and Chahal have a share of 16 wickets among them in four ODIs and one T20I in the ongoing limited-over series against Australia and the former felt that their chemistry was working.

“I have a very good partnership going on with Chahal. We known each other for five years. It's easy to understand each other's plans. It helps on the ground if we keep talking to each other. There's a good understanding going on between us.”

“We bowl in partnerships in a match as well, the difference is evident.”

"We talk about the wicket, whether it's fast or skids. I ask him how the ball is responding on a particular wicket, and things like that. It's very useful for me and the team."

The ACA Barsapara Stadium is set for an International debut with Tuesday’s T20 International. Earlier, Guwahati had hosted matches at the Nehru Stadium.

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