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Cricket | India tour of England, Ireland 2018

Kuldeep Yadav © Gallo Images

Decoding Kuldeep Yadav

Kuldeep Yadav.

The name that strikes deep concern into the heart of any batsman. And, if it doesn’t, you haven’t been paying attention.

The left-arm chinaman has all the variety in the book at the tender age of 23, and the way he can change his pace remains his strength.

On a dry, slow and turning track, he can demolish any batting line-up. Just ask South Africa. On a dry patch in Cape Town, Kuldeep bamboozled his way to his best ODI analysis: 4-23; in the six limited overs internationals against the Proteas in February this year, he took 17 wickets at an average of 13.9.

He took five wickets in India’s first T20 against England at Old Trafford, but the hosts turned to “Merlyn” – a spin-bowling machine – before the second match to attempt coming to grips with Kuldeep’s bag of tricks.

It worked during the Durham T20, mainly because they played him from deeper in the crease or used their feet, and Kuldeep could not bag one scalp, a result that frustrated him.

The spinner was omitted from the third and deciding match over the weekend, owing to the dimensions of the Bristol county ground.

How he will fare during the rest of the tour, and whether he will come to grips with the ebbs and flows of international cricket, remains to be seen. He has faced similar challenges during the IPL over the last two seasons, and it will be up to the youngster to use that experience to his advantage.

In the video below, Sky Sport’s Ian Ward speaks to Harbhajan Singh, Nasser Hussain, and Kumar Sangakkara about the intricacies of Kuldeep’s action, and how a batsman can attempt to counter the bowler.

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