After making a sole appearance in the test and T20 series, Kuldeep Yadav is undergoing a very rough patch that began from IPL 2020. The left-arm chinaman has been struggling for rhythm and might find himself out of the squad again following a dismal outing against England in the second ODI.
He became the first Indian spinner to concede eight sixes in a 50-over-fixture and also proceeded to concede 84 runs off his 10 over spell without a single wicket. The Kolkata Knight Riders ace was taken apart by Ben Stokes especially, in the middle overs.
Dinesh Karthik has vouched for the struggling spinner and claimed that it is difficult to perform when you are without any rhythm. The sporadic selections do not help in Kuldeep's case, who might be replaced by Yuzvendra Chahal for the series decider.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Karthik urged the player to buck up and be stronger and use the upcoming months to tilt things in favour,
“Kuldeep, personally, the poor guy has had a tough time. He’s been sitting out for a long time. He comes in, he’s had a couple of games here. It’s really not gone his way. But these things happen to international cricketers,"
"He needs to chin up, get stronger. He’s got a couple of very important months not only in his red-ball career but also for his white-ball career in the form of IPL so he needs to do really well. Buck up and do the best in the next couple of months,”
The wicket-keeper batsman suggested that Shardul Thakur should have been given a spell instead of the spinners. Ben Stokes turned the tide of the game with his explosive assault on the spinners, which prompted the game to end with over 6 overs to spare.
“When Ben Stokes walked in, I think Krunal Pandya hadn’t bowled. I’d felt that at that stage, maybe Shardul Thakur could have been brought for an over because he has this ability to pick up wickets, but he (Kohli) went for Krunal Pandya.
But the match-up is such that if Stokes gets going, forget Krunal Pandya. Any left-arm spinner in the world, he (Stokes) takes them down. It was one of those days where it was hard to stop Stokes. It was almost as if every shot that he played, he was looking to hit a six,” Karthik concluded
Much like the T20 series, the three-match ODI series has boiled down to the last encounter, With the series tied 1-1, the teams will face off for the last time in this tour to settle the series.
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