Kuldeep Yadav has praised Virat Kohli's leadership quality stating that the Indian skipper gives freedom to every bowler to set the field of their own choice. The chinaman bowler has also expressed his happiness over the rotation policy and given credit to the coach and skipper for the same.
India won the Test series 3-0 before registering a comprehensive 5-0 win in the ODI matches. The men in blue also secured a seven-wicket victory in the only T20 as the visitors inflicted a 9-0 whitewash on the hosts.
Yesterday, Yadav’s brilliant performance helped India restrict the host with a below par score of 170 runs and later Kohli along with Manish Pandey struck half centuries to ensure an easy win for India. The 22-year-old mentioned Kohli’s role as he gave full freedom to the bowlers which helped the bowlers give their best.
"Virat is a leader. He gives you everything you want on the field. When I am bowling, he comes to me and asks what field I want. That's what bowlers want to hear and he gives bowlers freedom," Yadav said as reported by PTI.
"He has given me tremendous support through the Test series, the ODIs and now too. So I am very happy with this kind of team unity as well as the leader. He leads from the front with both the bat and even in fielding also. Wherever he is fielding, he gives it his all. So it is a motivation in itself seeing him on the field, or whether he is training in the nets," he said.
"Looking at him, if we can improve our fielding even by one percent, that will be good. He talks to younger players about what he wants from them and what we need from the team," he added.
Kuldeep played one Test, two ODIs and the only T20 in this tour. He got the chance in the third Test at Pallekele as a substitute for the suspended Ravindra Jadeja and later got a chance in the fourth and fifth ODI and the only T20 of the series because of the rotation policy.
"As a player, you have to perform in every game. It's a pressure game. Everyone has to contribute especially when the captain and coach decide to rotate players. I am very happy with the policy, and you have to give credit to captain and coach because the World Cup is coming so they wanted to try out everyone," said Yadav.
Yesterday, Sri Lanka started up really well but the spinners came to India's rescue as Axar Patel (0/29) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/20) along with the wrecker in chief Yuzvendra Chahal, who picked up three wickets, as the trio were instrumental in restricting the Lankan batsmen to just 59 runs between the 9th and 18th over. That eventually proved to be the difference between India chasing a par score rather than a competitive one.
"It was good bowling with him (Chahal). If two leg spinners are playing then there is more opportunity to take wickets. In this match we took five wickets together," Yadav said.
"So if two leg spinners are playing more chances come to take wickets if you bowl in partnerships. And it is also difficult for the batting side to score runs."
There is a lot of cricket left in the calendar as India will play against Australia this month, followed by New Zealand and Sri Lanka at home.
"If you play three or four games like a series, it is good for the team. It is perhaps good for the opposition as well.
"We are looking forward to the next series and we know Australia is coming. We have three T20s against them as well as New Zealand. I am very happy that the BCCI has decided to increase