SYDNEY: Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav , who dismissed three key batsmen on Day 3, stated on Saturday that he was no “mystery bowler” and works hard in the nets in order to keep challenging rival batsmen.
“I don’t believe in mystery. For a spinner it’s very important to follow the basics — flighting the ball, turning it, landing it in the right area and deceiving the batsmen in the air. I am still working on it,” he said.
Kuldeep, who has figured in the playing XI sporadically since making his Test debut against Australia in Dharamsala in 2017, made it clear that with senior pros like Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the team, he was prepared to wait for his chance. Asked how he keeps himself motivated, Kuldeep said: “When you know you are the third spinner, it is best to keep yourself motivated by learning from your seniors. They (Ashwin and Jadeja) keep pushing me in the nets. It’s great to learn from them because they have played so much cricket.”
Kuldeep, who drew first blood for India on Saturday by dismissing Australian opener Usman Khawaja, disclosed that he had been thinking of bowling wrong ones to him. “I knew that he would come after me and try to hit me through mid-wicket or mid-on. I was lucky that the ball pitched in the right area and straightened as he tried to hit through midwicket,” said Kuldeep, who also accounted for Travis Head and Tim Paine .
Having Jadeja operating from the other end helped Kuldeep. “Jadeja bowls his overs quickly and maintains a good line so you can then try different things and use variations,” Kuldeep said.