India vs South Africa: Kuldeep Yadav says playing full Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will help him in Rainbow Nation

Kuldeep, who will leave for South Africa on 24 January for the ODI series, said he expects to reap the harvest of a good domestic season, in South Africa.

PTI, January 22, 2018

Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, on Monday, said playing the full Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy will hold him in good stead in the limited overs series in South Africa. Kuldeep, who will leave for South Africa on 24 January for the ODI series, said he expects to reap the harvest of a good domestic season, in South Africa.

"So far it has been good. I have played the full T20 season (Syed Mushtaq Ali). My rhythm is good so hopefully I will be able to continue bowling well there (in South Africa) as well," a confident Kuldeep said.

File image Kuldeep Yadav.  Reuters

File image Kuldeep Yadav. Reuters

Asked how important is Mushtaq Ali Trophy for him, the 23-year-old unorthodox bowler said: "Every game here is important as an individual and as a team. The team needs you and it is a matter of pride to play for the state always. The state has given you everything so I came to play.

"It also gives you good match practice as you get to play against big players," he added. Kuldeep said he always looks to take wickets and is not afraid of leaking runs. "You will leak runs in T20 cricket. T20 is all about how many wickets you take. Wickets help the team in this format. When there is a score of 230 plus on the board, you know the opposition will go for runs.

"I always look to take wickets and not restrict runs. If I look to restrict runs, I can end up conceding more maybe," he said."

Looking lean, Kuldeep said it's all about staying fit to live up to the demands of the side led by Virat Kohli. "When you are playing for India you have to be fit. Also if you want to survive for a long time, fitness is very important. I have been working a lot on my fitness for the last two years," he said.

Kuldeep, who came into the reckoning with his impressive performances for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL, did not hide his desire to play for the franchise again.

KKR may not have retained Kuldeep but the chinaman bowler, who has set a base price of Rs 1.5 crore for the IPL auction on weekend, dropped enough hints that he may be back with the option of Right to Match Card. "It's been five years with KKR. It is like family and this is like a home ground for me. I know the angles from where to bowl and I am well-versed with the wicket as well," Kuldeep said.

"I don't feel pressure here as I have played here for five years. This has been a lucky ground for me."

Updated Date: Jan 23, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114