Kuldeep Yadav opens up on Rajkot pitch, Bazball threat

Kuldeep Yadav has embraced England's aggressive approach in the ongoing Test series, finding it both challenging and enjoyable. As India gears up for the third Test against England in Rajkot, Kuldeep reflected on the unique challenges posed by England's attacking style of play.

“Usually in Tests, you're not used to teams attacking you with this kind of approach [Bazball], but it also involves you a lot more,” Kuldeep remarked ahead of the upcoming Test. 

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He emphasized how the aggressive mindset of England's batsmen forces bowlers to not only focus on taking wickets but also on restricting the scoring.

“Normally when you play Tests, you don't worry about batters attacking you, you're only focused on how you want to get them out. But here the approach is different, they're in attacking mode so you also have to plan how to restrict them,” Kuldeep explained.

The 29-year-old spinner expressed his enjoyment of the challenge posed by Bazball, particularly in the second Test in Visakhapatnam, where he took four wickets. Despite the pitches in the first two Tests being relatively docile, Kuldeep found satisfaction in adapting his game to England's aggressive tactics.

Defying expectations, the pitches for the initial Tests have been less spin-friendly than anticipated, offering something for both batsmen and bowlers. 

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Kuldeep acknowledged the importance of such sporting pitches in promoting balanced cricket, although he hinted that traditional rank turners might still feature in future matches.

“It is not that you will not get to see rank turners going forward. Hopefully, in the future, you will see [turning tracks],” Kuldeep remarked, indicating that while the current pitches may favor batsmen more, spin-friendly tracks could still be on the horizon.

Regarding his potential inclusion in the playing XI for the upcoming Test, Kuldeep remained pragmatic, focusing on his preparation and willingness to contribute to the team's success. He highlighted the significance of team dynamics in selection decisions and expressed his readiness to perform whenever given the opportunity.

Reflecting on his past success in Rajkot, where he previously claimed a five-wicket haul against the West Indies in 2018, Kuldeep acknowledged the challenges posed by different playing conditions and reiterated his commitment to adapting his game accordingly.

As speculation continues regarding the nature of the pitch for the third Test, Kuldeep maintained that regardless of the conditions, he remains focused on delivering his best performance and contributing to the team's objectives.

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Kuldeep Yadav's reflections offer insight into the evolving dynamics of Test cricket, particularly in the face of England's aggressive batting approach. 

As India prepares for the upcoming Test in Rajkot, Kuldeep's adaptability and commitment to the team's success exemplify the spirit of modern cricket, where bowlers are challenged to thrive in diverse conditions and against varied opposition strategies.


Rohit is an experienced cricket writer based in India