Mumbai: India and Sri Lanka faced off in a thrilling match at the 2023 Asia Cup, where Kuldeep Yadav, a renowned Indian spinner, provided insights about his incredible comeback in the 50-over format after a time of injury. Kuldeep had a victorious comeback, displaying his skill at introducing a wide variety of variations and skillfully changing the angles of his deliveries—aspects that have greatly influenced his recent success.
A five-wicket haul against the fearsome Babar Azam-led team was only one of his outstanding performances. He then defeated Sri Lanka with a similarly outstanding four-wicket haul. Notably, he achieved the important milestone of 150 wickets in this format thanks to these successes, which also won him the coveted Man of the Series prize in the famous continental event.
At the press conference after the game, Kuldeep highlighted his happiness with his bowling form over the previous 15 months, saying, “The last 15 months have been wonderful. I’m having fun bowling. Kuldeep has been able to refine his abilities as a left-arm wrist spinner in the ODI format, in contrast to the restrictions of T20 cricket, where experimentation is restricted.
“Lengths are the main emphasis in the T20 format, while you may change your length and explore a larger range of methods in ODIs. Following my injury, I’ve been tirelessly working on improving my speed and mastering a variety of angles under the direction of my coach,” he said.
In addition, Kuldeep openly acknowledged using a more aggressive strategy to get wickets, saying, “I have become more aggressive, and the ball is coming out of my hand very nicely.” He also applauded the pacers for their outstanding efforts, recognizing that when fast bowlers play well, it makes things much easier for spinners.
Ishan Kishan, who throughout the competition consistently shown his talent as a middle-order batsman, offered his opinion during one of the post-match conversations. In the summit game, he and Shubman Gill were given the responsibility of beginning the inning. He expressed satisfaction with the choice. Ishan continued to be aware of the duties he may assume during subsequent bouts, however.
“I’ve always like to start the innings. When asked to open, my response was an unequivocal “yes” given the low total on the board. Ishan Kishan said in the post-game news conference, “With just 50 runs to defend, there isn’t much one can do, but I’m thankful to the captain for the chance.