IPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh says Kuldeep Yadav's ongoing lean patch will have no effect on his World Cup performance

Kuldeep Yadav's sudden loss of form in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) will not in any way impact his performance in the World Cup where he will have ample chance of a comeback, feels senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

Press Trust of India, Apr 24, 2019 19:27:27 IST

New Delhi: Kuldeep Yadav's sudden loss of form in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) will not in any way impact his performance in the World Cup where he will have ample chance of a comeback, feels senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

Kuldeep, who is expected to be a vital cog in India's World Cup campaign, has got only four wickets in nine games for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL and was dropped in the last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad due to "poor form".

File image of Harbhajan Singh. Sportzpics

File image of Harbhajan Singh. Sportzpics

"There is no doubt that Kuldeep is going through a rough patch in IPL. T20 is a format which can destroy the confidence of any bowler but let's not compare formats. One-day (match) is a different ball game and you will see a very different Kuldeep," Harbhajan told PTI during an interview on Wednesday.

Harbhajan said from what he has seen Kuldeep bowling in the IPL, the wrist spinner has no technical problems as such.

"I have watched a bit of his bowling and I don't think there is any technical problems. And please check who all are hitting Kuldeep? The Indian guys are primarily hitting him. Virat (Kohli) in two games, Mayank (Agarwal), Mandy (Mandeep), Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan.

"Leave aside Virat, who is in a different league, all these guys are competent players of spin bowling. They read Kuldeep's wrists much better than foreign batsmen. So in World Cup, Kuldeep will be bowling mostly to those who are still not reading him well. I think you will see a different Kuldeep," said Harbhajan, who has played two World Cup finals.

But Harbhajan expects Kuldeep to show some situational awareness when he is getting hit. He said in that situation his franchise captain should also play a role.

"If he is getting hit by giving the deliveries more air, for a change, he can just push it a bit faster. If they are stepping out and hitting from length, he can just alter the length by half a yard. Now when you get hit, your mind does not work automatically.

"So there comes in the captain, who should tell him, 'Okay, you have tried your thing, now try what I am telling you'. It helps a youngster," said the player who has been a part of two most successful franchises in CSK and Mumbai Indians.

Harbhajan then explained that in World Cup, no team will be consistently attacking Kuldeep.

"He may get hit but in the middle overs, the skipper will pack one side of the field, whether it's inside 30-yard circle or outside. Even if he is hit for two fours, he can come back with figures of 3/50 or 2 for 45 on most days. And that's decent figures. In ODIs, you have to be a real bad bowler to go for 75-80 runs everyday," said Harbhajan, who has 269 wickets from 236 ODIs.

Another factor that will certainly work in Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal's favour is the period of play when they are expected to operate.

"In IPL, Kuldeep is bowling the 14th or even the 16th over when batsmen are throwing their bats around. In World Cup, Virat will probably finish their quota by latest 42nd or 43rd over. So the last seven overs, which will always be tricky, they are not expected to bowl," Harbhajan said.

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Updated Date: Apr 24, 2019 19:27:27 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254