In the series against Ireland, Yuzwendra Chahal, and Kuldeep Yadav, the spin twins shared half of the opponent wickets under their belt. In the first T20I, the duo picked 7wickets and in the second game, they had 6 wickets under their belt.
Kuldeep Yadav was named the player of the match for his 4-wicket haul in the first T20I. Yesterday in the second T20I he picked three wickets by conceding 16 runs. In this context, let us take a look at his views about the conditions in the UK in his first-ever tour. Yadav said that the Irish batsmen could not encounter the spin attack at Malahide up to the expectations.
In the first game, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan made a 160-run opening partnership to cruise India towards 208 runs off 20 overs. The spin twins completed the rest of the task by picking 6 wickets. Yadav picked 4 wickets in the first game to bowl out the Irish batsmen at the score of 132 runs.
Speaking to the press, Yadav said “The score was good so it was easier as we had a target to bowl at and defend. A spinner always tries to bowl according to the target. From an individual point of view, it was quite good because I was bowling the way I wanted to bowl and I used the variations well too,”
“They batted well against pace and got a good start too. But they struggled against our spinners because they weren’t using their feet too much. Also, we vary our pace and bowl slower at times, and perhaps they are not used to this type of bowling. But the more they play (against top sides), they will get better,” he added.
India will play two practice sessions with England before the commencement of T20I series on July 8th. Yadav spoke about the conditions of climate in England and opined that the conditions of UK made him feel at home.
He said “Conditions here seem to be normal. I haven’t seen too much difference (from other overseas tours). Perhaps wickets are a bit slower and the ball is turning. I felt normal (in practice and in the game), and didn’t feel that it has been something new,”
“The weather is a bit colder and conditions are different from India. But it was easy to adjust and for me, it is a normal thing. After one game you cannot say how wickets will be throughout the tour. This one had a little turn and the ball was turning, but as we play more matches on this tour, maybe the wickets in England will be different,” he added.
He said that he will focus on picking the wickets regardless of batsmen, targets, and formats.
He said “Every bowler has a different style so they may bowl differently as per the situation. However, I always think of picking wickets because if I try to control runs, I will give away more runs. So it is important for me to take wickets and get breakthroughs for my team because I am that type of attacking bowler. My style is different,” this chinaman concluded.
Speaking after their loss against India, Gary Wilson said that they did not play well enough against the visitors. He said “We didn’t expect the pitch to spin like it did in the second innings. Their spinners are very good and would have spun it in the first innings like that as well so I don’t think we can blame the conditions by any means or preparation,”
“We need to go back and need to figure out how we will play Kuldeep and Chahal in the second game. We can only get better (against quality spinners) with playing more game. It is covered in FTP now as we have 65 games in next four years so we are going to play more,” he said about their game plan for the second T20I against India.