Kuldeep Yadav, a wrist spinner for Team India, recently discussed his lack of game time with his IPL franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy have emerged as KKR’s first-choice spinners, pushing him down the pecking order.
The left-handed Chinaman bemoaned the franchise’s lack of communication, claiming he hasn’t even been given a reason for his absence. Despite playing a handful of games at the spin-friendly venue in Chennai, Yadav missed out on KKR’s matches earlier this season. Kuldeep Yadav said on Aakash Chopra’s YouTube channel about the issue:
“If the coaches have worked with you before and are with you for a prolonged period of time, they understand you better. But it becomes very difficult when the communication is weak. Sometimes you don’t even know that whether you will be playing or not, or what the team expects from you.
“Sometimes you feel that you are deserving to play, can win matches for the team, but you don’t know the reason why you are not playing. The management comes for 2 months with their plans, so that makes it difficult,” he added.
Kuldeep Yadav brought up the stark difference in how things are handled in the Indian team and IPL franchises. He revealed that players in the Team India camp are frequently told why they are not in the starting lineup, but that the same trait is lacking in his IPL franchise. Yadav also stated that he believes the franchise has lost faith in his ability to win games. KKR (
“In the Indian team they talk to you when you are not selected, but it does not happen in the IPL,” Kuldeep Yadav said. “I remember that I had spoken to the franchise before the IPL but in the matches that happened in the middle, nobody gave me an explanation. I was a bit shocked. I felt like there was no trust, like they had no faith in my skill. This happens when the team has many options. KKR now has plenty of spin bowling options.”
KKR) struggled in the first half of the tournament, winning only two of their seven games.
There’s a big difference between having an Indian captain and having an overseas captain: Kuldeep Yadav
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“Definitely, definitely makes a lot of difference,” Kuldeep Yadav said. “I don’t know how Eoin Morgan sees me. In such cases, the communication gap increases.
“When it’s an Indian, you can literally walk up to them and ask why you are not playing. Suppose, Rohit Sharma is the captain, you can ask freely on ways to improve, what’s my role in the team but most importantly, the captain should also be interested in what he expects from me,” he added.
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