3 reasons why Kuldeep Yadav should be India’s primary spinner in the 2023 ODI World Cup 

3 reasons why Kuldeep Yadav should be India


Left arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been making headlines for all the right reasons lately. The former U-19 World Cup player is forcing management to carve out a place in the playing XI to accommodate him.

After going through a difficult few years where he was on the sidelines of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which was followed by a major injury. Following his recovery and return to the domestic setup, the spinner took the world to notice, especially with his exploits in the ODIs.

The prospect of the 2023 ODI World Cup in the October-November window elevates Kuldeep Yadav’s exploits of late. Once again entering the team as a forced change, the spinner came back with numbers of 3-51 to be India’s match winner in the second ODI against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

In a phase of time where Team India is struggling to make an impact with spin bowling as it once was, the performance of the left arm spinner emerges as a major asset.

Speaking of positives, here are three reasons why Kuldeep should lead Team India in the bid for a third ODI World Cup later this year.

#1 Attack option in the middle

The pairing of Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and even Washington Sundar when he plays simply did not make it into the wicket column as Team India would have liked despite their constant threat in the under conditions. -continent,

Since 2022, the aforementioned trio have won 46 wickets in 33 matches. Kuldeep, on the other hand, was single-handedly responsible for 15 wickets in nine games at a save rate of five.

The promise of wickets that the left arm spinner offers is lucrative and not something India can afford to waste. His ability to strike at regular intervals and break partnerships has already proven very useful.

Even in the recent second ODI against Sri Lanka, he struck in his first ever match with the wicket of Kusal Mendis, a moment that opened the floodgates, bringing India back into the competition.

The key to bowling in India has always been the control of middlemen, which is largely provided by spin bowling. While the other names can bring control and pace with them, Kuldeep comes across as an X-factor due to his innate ability to seek out wickets and succeed in his pursuit more often than not.

#2 Head and Shoulders Above the Rest of the Options

The likes of Axar and Ravindra Jadeja will always feature in Team India’s setup, regardless of format, to restore balance with their batting ability. Although they are largely responsible for keeping a tight end, it is the responsibility of the main spinner to participate in wickets.

In terms of main spin bowling options, Team India realistically has three main options in the form of Chahal, Kuldeep and Ravi Bishnoi, so to speak. Bishnoi has unfortunately not featured in the team’s plans of late, with his last appearance in October 2022, which coincidentally was also his first ODI outing.

The senior wrist-spinning duo could potentially compete for the same spot by the time the World Cup rolls around. As things stand, Kuldeep has a significant edge over his elders in terms of consistency and productivity.

The left arm spinner’s attempt to change his stroke to bring a quicker delivery into his arsenal has worked wonders so far while still sticking to his naturally floating delivery which gets more cornering compared to the first.

While Kuldeep has used his time away from the team to reinvent himself, Chahal is struggling to find a rhythm.

#3 Kuldeep has produced good numbers despite only playing sporadically, so his best is yet to come

Kuldeep’s playing time has been a constant debate lately. He was dropped after a superb four-iron against South Africa for Team India’s later assignment. He was brought on as a last-minute substitute in the third ODI against Bangladesh, before featuring as a player of the match in the first Test.

A carry of eight wickets and a practical hit with the bat was not enough as he was replaced by Jaydev Unakdat for the second Test. Likewise, he was not included in the playing XI for the first ODI and only entered the squad for the next contest due to an injury to Yuzvendra Chahal.

The erratic nature of the selection, however, in no way affected Kuldeep’s numbers. If the past is any indication, the key to left arm spinner success is confidence, just like the majority of wrist spinners, who are vulnerable at times in this era.

A consistent number of games in the current home season would give him a world of confidence, which in turn will be reflected in his performances. If an undercooked Kuldeep is able to produce those numbers, one can only imagine what a threat he would be in full swing, hopefully coinciding with the World Cup.

Do you think Kuldeep Yadav should be Team India’s main spinner at the 2023 ODI World Cup? Tell us what you think.

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