ICC World Cup 2019 | My full focus is on winning the title, says Kuldeep Yadav

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ICC World Cup 2019 | My full focus is on winning the title, says Kuldeep Yadav

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After a forgettable IPL stint, Kuldeep Yadav has claimed that his full focus is on winning the upcoming World Cup, starting May 30. Kuldeep looked bereft of oomph in the recently concluded IPL and his lean form eventually saw him being axed towards the business end of the tournament.

Kuldeep has been India’s frontline spinner in ODIs in recent times and has not only squeezed the runs in the middle overs but also picked wickets in heap. However, the same magic was seen waning in the IPL as he leaked too many runs and hardly posed a threat with the ball. Before the India team boarded the flight to England, Kuldeep made the most of his leisure time by paying a visit to Kashi Vishwanath temple in Benaras with his family to seek blessings of the deity. 

"I went to visit the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Benares with family last evening. I always make it a point to visit after every few months," Kuldeep Yadav told AajTak.

This will be Kuldeep's maiden outing in the World Cup and the left-arm spinner has claimed that he has put in the extra yards for the mega event and his focus is on winning the title for his side. 

"It is such a big opportunity, just like a dream for me. I want to perform really well in the World Cup. That is my main aim. I have been training hard for it. My full focus is on winning the cup for India," says the 24-year-old.

The conditions in the IPL were more often than not batting friendly, where Kuldeep struggled to put brakes on his opponents. With the surface not offering immense help, Kuldeep didn’t have enough options up his sleeves to get away and as a result of which, leaked too many runs. 

"I was bowling well but still not getting wickets. I really don't know why I was failing to get wickets despite bowling well. The Eden Gardens pitch was also very good for batting.. the ball wasn't turning much there. If you gave a little bit of flight, it was easy for the batsman to take the ball into his radar and smash it out of the park. I think maybe I need to improve my bowling more if I have to play on such pitches," Kuldeep Yadav said.

After being dropped from the playing XI, Kuldeep made the most of his time and took enough rest before the quadrennial event. Such breaks can only push the bowler to focus on his skills and pull up. Kuldeep further shed light on how hardly he worked in the last ten days and the recovery has been successful. 

"I got a good break during the IPL. I rested well and have recovered fully. I have worked on my bowling extensively in the last 10 days. I am enjoying my rhythm and some errors that have been there in my basics have been cleared too. I am bowling well right now. Recovery has been full in a way and I am fully ready for the World Cup."

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