Kuldeep Yadav reveals his idol and picks the favourite batsman

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On Sunday (25th June), Kuldeep Yadav, an Indian Chinaman bowler had his first ever bowl in an ODI at a venue where a Chinaman invented his unique style of bowling, nearly a century ago.

Well, the left-hander has credited Australian legendary spinner Shane Warne for his inputs and guidance. Speaking exclusively to Yahoo Cricket on his idol, Kuldeep said, “I became a huge Shane Warne fan and obviously talking to one’s idol is a great thing. Warne spoke to me about his bowling and my bowling and his inputs were of immense help.”

Here are some more excerpts from the interview of Kuldeep Yadav:

Tell us about your Test debut

Anil (Kumble) bhai told me before the match that ‘you’ll be playing tomorrow’. I was both happy and nervous and a little tense. I was worried about my performance, but after the game I was really happy.

On turning the Dharamsala Test on its head

When I got the ball in my hand there was only one thing on my mind: to bowl in the right places. After the lunch break Anil bhai asked me to bowl dots and keep them under pressure. I just went out and followed what he said and it worked!

Your most special wicket

For me the first wicket was very important. After that I got into the groove. But my favourite dismissals were those of (Glenn) Maxwell and (Peter) Handscomb. I got Handscomb with a wrong one and played on Maxwell’s mind to get him out.

How do you plan to cement your India place?

As a youngster I have a game-by-game focus. I want to work on my strengths rather than on other stuff. I need to work really hard on my fitness and also on my batting and fielding. I am not really worried about the competition (other players) but about my own ability.

Your most potent weapon?

I believe in my chinaman more than in any variation. I feel I’m mainly known as a chinaman bowler and that’s what I’m working on.

Who is your idol Chinaman bowler?

Having worked with Brad Hogg, he is my favourite. He has great skill, a great wrong one, as well as a great flipper. He’s got everything!

Your favourite batsman?

Virat Kohli. He is, after all, the No.1 batsman in the world. I also admire Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers and would love to bowl to them.

What are your other interests?

I really love soccer and I’m a big fan of Barcelona. Actually, I don’t watch cricket much, but love watching soccer. I also enjoy playing table tennis and watching movies.

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