It seems that one of the spin bowling main stays of India in White-ball cricket Kuldeep Yadav is going through the worst phase of his international career. And it is not surprising that the stocks of the bowler have nosedived in recent months.
A few days ago in the first One Day International of the ongoing three match ODI Series between New Zealand and India, Kuldeep had a forgettable outing at Bay Oval stadium in Hamilton. In his quota of ten overs, he conceded 84 runs conceding 10 boundaries along with a six and ended up with worst ever figures of his 60 matches old ODI career.
And with that kind of performance at Bay Oval, more and more questions are being raised on both his form and most importantly on his fitness. As per the recent reports published in the Bangalore Mirror, Kuldeep Yadav seems to be suffering from a shoulder injury, right from the first day he landed in New Zealand.
In recently concluded T20I Series between India and New Zealand, Indian team conducted two net practice sessions, one before the series on January 23 and the other one in the mid of series on January 28 one day before the third T20I of the series. But Kuldeep Yadav took part in neither of them.
Moreover, he was not even available for selection in the playing XI in that T20I series. During the T20Is, one of the commentators said that he had a chat with Kuldeep and he was informed that it will take at least one week for Kuldeep Yadav to return to full throttle.
Those who watched first ODI between India and New Zealand, know that Kuldeep wasn’t at his best. He was even struggling to bowl his stock delivery: the wrong’un.