Kuldeep Yadav credits MS Dhoni’s advice for match-winning performance

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Kuldeep Yadav credits MS Dhoni’s advice for match-winning performance

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After a man of the match performance in the Vizag ODI, Kuldeep Yadav has thanked wicket-keeper MS Dhoni for suggesting the correct line and lengths during the SL innings. The chinaman spinner also revealed that working hard on his lengths has helped him put up his career-best ODI performance.

On a track that traditionally offers vicious turn, the Sri Lankan batting fell like a pack of cards as the spinning duo of Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal made sure that India would not have to break a lot of sweat while chasing a total that would seal them the series. The duo were pertinent while bowling closer to the stumps and managed to extract a good amount of turn as well. Meanwhile, Dhoni was seen putting his arm around the spinners to tell them what was needed to be done. Kuldeep also admitted the same after returning with his career-best figures.

“I was trying to bowl more in the fuller areas. The ball was turning and it was a slow turner. Mahi keeps telling us where to bowl and we are very lucky to have him on our side. We pulled out well towards the end. We are very lucky to get him out (Tharanga) at that point of time. The hard-work we put in the nets is really coming off well,” Kuldeep told Star Sports.

“I spoke to Mahi. I was bowling wicket to wicket and was bowling a bit quicker. I was able to control the drift from the last couple of series. So, I had my areas and know where to bowl. Not an easy wicket to get runs,” Chahal instantly added.

Explaining what worked for him, Kuldeep said, “Obviously their batsmen were set and we knew we needed wickets in the middle overs. I got two wickets in one over and that really changed the momentum for us. The wicket was very good for spinners, we were getting turn and sharp turn as well and that's really motivated me to do well. I worked on my lengths as well. It's just preparation that matters. Whenever you don't play you practice and work hard on your fitness and fielding when you get a chance you try and put up your best performance.”

After bowlers did their job, restricting the visitors with a paltry total of 215 runs, Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan laid the foundation for the run chase and while the latter scored his 13th ODI century, Iyer managed to score his second consecutive half-century in ODIs. After a disastrous debut in Dharamsala, where he could only manage to score 9 runs, he quickly turned his fortunes around and these two half-centuries, unsurprisingly, place him in a great position ahead of the South Africa tour. 

“The series so far has been so good for me and I would want to continue the same in the T20I series as well. Dharamsala incident is totally forgotten. Getting that wicket in the first game was really disheartening. I am backing myself and being positive. Whatever the situation would be, I would go in and express myself,” Iyer said in the post-match interview.

“I am enjoying coming out and giving interviews only when I am scoring good runs. I am enjoying myself and even my team loves it. Obviously, I used to watch these players play from the stadium and now I am playing with them. It is a great feeling. Not a lot has changed. I have been playing with these players in the last three years at the IPL.”

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