Bowling long spells in Tests is my ultimate aim: Kuldeep
New Delhi: He has made rapid strides in limited overs cricket over the past couple of months but for Kuldeep Yadav, the ultimate challenge is to bowl long spells consistently in the Test format.
The 22-year-old, alongside another youngster Yuzvendra Chahal, have shouldered the Indian spin attack in back to back limited overs series against Sri Lanka and Australia not letting the team feel the absence of seasoned pros like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. However, Test cricket remains his priority — a format which brought him into the limelight after a successful Test debut against Australia in Dharamsala, last March.
"The last six months have been great and I have got plenty of chances to play for India. When you are starting off, you want to play each and every game for India irrespective of format. But in the longer run, I would love to win as many Test matches as possible for my country," Yadav said during an interaction ahead of the limited overs New Zealand beginning on October 22. Spin great Bishen Bedi had recently said he would like judge Yadav after he has done the hard yards in Test cricket. Yadav accepted legendary spinner's view point with utmost humility.
"He has been a great of the game and I understand where he is coming from. Bowling long spells in first-class cricket is something I have always looked forward to. There is no better feeling for a spinner than getting a batsman out after setting him up. That sort of planning is only possible in the longest format," Yadav said. His strength has been his accuracy, which is fairly tough for a chinaman to maintain. However, it has not always been smooth sailing, having being hammered on a couple of occasions in the recent series against Lanka.