India tour of Sri Lanka: Kuldeep ready for a restart with new googly in his armoury, says coach


n the past couple of years, Kuldeep Yadav has endured one too many swings of misfortune in his career. Kuldeep, who was touted as India’s No 1 overseas spinner by team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri, was not even considered for the World Test Championship (WTC) final and a five-match series against England.

Kuldeep’s childhood coach, Kapil Dev Pandey, said that the left-arm wrist-spinner had taken the England tour snub on the chin and had shifted the focus on his bowling.

“For the last seven or eight days, when the lockdown rules have been relaxed, we have been working on his bowling, especially on his googly,” Kapil Dev Pandey told India Today.In.

“Kuldeep’s biggest strength is his googly. It has always been his wicket-taking delivery, but he has not been able to bowl it at a good length in recent times. He was bowling one too many loose balls. Kuldeep has worked on it, and he is pitching all his googlies on good lengths and is getting a good amount of turn and purchase as well.”

“Kuldeep has always been a wicket-taker and has gone for runs a few times, but now he wants to add another dimension to his bowling. Kuldeep is also working on his stock delivery to check the run flow in the middle overs. Although taking wickets is his priority, he wants to be economical as well,” added Kapil Pandey.

Kuldeep was once regarded as someone who could add a new dimension to the Indian bowling attack. There is no doubt that he has achieved a lot of success, but his effectiveness has been questioned recently. He has been consistently in and out of the national team, and nowadays, he hardly gets to play for his Indian Premier League (IPL) team, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).