Deep Dasgupta urges India management not to drop Kuldeep Yadav from ODIs


New Delhi: Former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta urged Indian team management to back Kuldeep Yadav and give him more games in the ongoing ODI series against England. He said the left-arm spinner is struggling with confidence and needs support from the team.

Dasgupta acknowledged that Kuldeep has struggled with his bowling since the World Cup, and is short of confidence. “I would like to see Kuldeep for, at least, another game because, as it is, he has been struggling…he is struggling with confidence. We can see, he hasn’t played much international cricket in the last couple of years,” Dasgupta was quoted as saying to Sports Today.

“We can see that he is trying hard so all I will say is, maybe, they should back him a bit. I know, he went for a few [runs] as well in the last game.” Kuldeep has been a part of India’s Test squad. But he only featured in one of the four Tests against England and lost his place in the T20I side.

Kuldeep featured in the first ODI but now has the threat of getting dropped from the ODI XI as well as India have Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar. “But if you have to give somebody the confidence then the only way that can happen is to make him play, make him bowl. Obviously, get him to bowl the overs against the right batsmen.

“But if we want Kuldeep back in action and deliver close to his 100 percent of what we’ve seen or better than that, he needs backing and game time,” Dasgupta added.


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