Indian World Cup winner Sunil Gavaskar heaped praise on Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav for his impressive bowling performance in the Asia Cup 2023, where he showed off high-calibre spin bowling against the best batters in the competition. The 28-year-old took nine wickets in India’s four matches, making him the top wicket-taker from India in the tournament.
The left-arm spinner has shown the ability to pick up wickets consistently in the middle overs, which has provided a different dimension to India’s bowling, Yadav was key to India’s dominance as he shut out the entire middle overs by keeping line and length tight in the game and could be important to the team’s success in the final against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
Speaking to India Today, Sunil Gavaskar hailed Kuldeep Yadav for his brilliance with the ball in the Asia Cup 2023 and feels that bowling a little flatter in the middle overs has helped him to get the ball spin off the surface, which makes it difficult for the batters to play him.
“Kuldeep has shown that he can make a difference. Wrist spin, whether it is right-arm or left-arm, can get you wickets. And wickets are the best dot balls in limited-overs cricket. Also, the fact that he is bowling a little flatter, not giving that much air, getting the ball to spin, makes him difficult to play,” Sunil Gavaskar said.
Kuldeep Yadav was rested for the Super 4 game against Bangladesh on Friday and would walk into the playing 11 for the finals against the home team in the previous encounter between both sides Kuldeep picked up 4 wickets in the game including the crucial wickets of Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka.
Unless The Pitch Is Flat And There Is Not Much Turn, Don’t Look To Loft Him – Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar feels that the Indian batters should use their feet well against the threatening young spinner Dunith Wellalage, who ripped the Indian batting lineup in the previous clash as he claimed a five-wicket haul against the higher-ranked Indian team.
“I think they would try and get to the pitch of the ball as quickly as possible. It’s not an easy wicket to always toss the ball up. But every time he gives the ball a little bit of air, drive him with quick footwork. Unless the pitch is flat and there is not much turn, don’t look to loft him. Make him think,” Sunil Gavaskar added.
Wellalage was the standout performer for the team in the clash against India picking up a 5-wicket haul apart from a valuable knock with the bat, as he remained unbeaten in the game 42 off 46 balls and would look to put up another match-winning performance against India in grand final on Sunday.