MS Dhoni’s absence from the team & Kuldeep Yadav’s dip in the career both the incident coincided with each other but the spectacular spinner has made it clear that he is not dependent on MS Dhoni for his success.
The former Indian Captain, MS Dhoni has been out of action since India’s knockout from the semifinal of 2019 World Cup in July last year. While the Indian team hasn’t missed him much in the batting department but his valuable inputs from behind the stumps are something which most bowlers will miss & Kuldeep Yadav is one of them. Kuldeep Yadav has missed Dhoni’s valuable inputs which have benefitted him a lot. MS Dhoni’s absence from the team & Kuldeep Yadav’s dip in his form both have coincided with each other however Kuldeep insisted that he was not dependent on Dhoni for his success & game.
Left-arm wrist spinners are very less in the International Cricket & Kuldeep was termed as India’s X Factor in the White ball cricket. However, if the last year’s 50 over World Cup have not turned out for Kuldeep the way he wanted it to be his position in the XI players squad would be under doubt.
“Just because Mahi bhai hasn’t played after the World Cup, I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. I don’t need to say if I was dependent on him. I can just work towards bettering my craft and as I said, it’s teamwork,” Kuldeep said in an interview with a leading newspaper.
The wrist-spinner Kuldeep has acknowledged Dhoni’s presence behind the stumps & has always helped him as he used to share his thoughts & insights about batsman’s style of game. He also stressed that cricket is a team sport where every player’s contribution is important to the team.
“Of course. Mahi bhai has always guided me because the wicket-keeper is always the best judge of the bowler. Someone like Mahi bhai is experienced and has an idea about how a batsman plays. All of this is teamwork,” said Yadav. Kuldeep has grabbed an impressive four wickets in his debut game in 2017 in a Test match against Australia in Dharamsala & since then he played six test matches, 60 ODIs & 21 T20Is by grabbing 24,104 & 39 wickets respectively.