Kuldeep Yadav was part of the Indian Test team on the tour of Australia. He did not get a chance to play a single match. He remained on the bench in all four Tests, while many players were injured during this. Big players like Jaspreet Bumrah., R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja left the team due to injury. In such a situation, Kuldeep Yadav was the most experienced bowler but the team management placed bets on new players instead of him.
These included players like T Natarajan, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, and Mohammad Siraj. The decision was criticized even when Kuldeep was not selected in the Brisbane Test. But the new bowlers of India did not let them fall and India won the match by three wickets.
‘I was ready till the last Test’
Kuldeep Yadav has now reacted about this. He told Sportstar that in Brisbane he felt that he could come into the team. But he believes that the decision not to take him in the playing eleven in this Test was right. Kuldeep said you have to prepare in such a way that whenever the opportunity comes, you are ready for the challenge.
I was ready till the last test. Yes, there were problems with injuries till the last Test and we knew that many of our players would not be available. But we stuck to our plan. Instead of worrying about injuries, we used to think about how to apply to the field or what will be the strategy.
Kuldeep Yadav statement
Kuldeep said about the Brisbane Test, My goals were fixed. When we reached Brisbane, I thought that maybe I could get a chance to play but after seeing the wicket it was decided that we will play with four fast bowlers. That wicket was quite green. This was the right decision.
The bowling coach said – your time will come
Kuldeep Yadav said that the support staff of the team stayed with him throughout the tour. Ravi Shastri greatly supported him. Similarly, Virat Kohli also supported. He used to have a long talk with bowling coach Bharat Arun. He always encouraged him. They used to say that your time will come. He never separated them from the team’s plan.
Kuldeep Yadav is currently part of the Indian team for the Test series against England. He may got chance to play against England.