Getting to play 3rd Test will be reward for hard work: Yadav
Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav is hoping his hard work will be rewarded with a place in the playing eleven for the third Test against Sri Lanka as he competes with Axar Patel, who is a like-for-like replacement for the suspended Ravindra Jadeja.
Though Axar has been called up to join the team in Sri Lanka, it is widely anticipated that impressive Yadav will make the cut ahead of him. He has been with the squad all through as the third spinner.
"Obviously there is excitement. I was excited to play my debut Test as well. So if I get a chance to play in Sri Lanka I will be very happy because this will be a result of my hard work. While I am excited, I am also nervous because I want to perform," said Yadav.
"It is still not clear (if I will play) because there are three days left for practice. But ever since I have come here, (Ravi) Shastri sir keeps on motivating me. I have been doing nets and he has been talking to me during the nets from even before the first Test. It is a good experience," he said.
If it happens, this will be his second Test, after Yadav took the cricket world by storm on his debut in Dharamsala. He picked up 4 for 68 in the first innings against Australia and was instrumental in helping India seal the series 2-1. Since then, he has had to wait for this next chance for obvious reasons.
"Definitely you will have to wait for your chance if no.1 and no.2 spinners (Ashwin and Jadeja) in the world are in the same Test squad. You cannot walk into the team so easily and you have to wait as that's the rule of cricket.
"I try to stay with them mostly and keep talking to them and they help me a lot. So I have learnt a lot from them especially playing Test cricket with them.