Ajit Agarkar, chairperson of India’s selection committee, was overjoyed to see their left-arm spinner perform well against a variety of opponents ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
Kuldeep Yadav has been in fantastic form in recent months. He was recently named Player of the Series for his efforts in the Asia Cup, where he took nine wickets at an average of 11.44. This includes a 5/25 against Pakistan as part of a 228-run triumph.
His whole performance has been exceptional. He has collected 31 ODI wickets at an average of 15.51 runs per wicket since the start of 2023. In the same time frame, he has eight wickets at an average of 17.62 in T20 Internationals.
In December 2022, his final Test appearance earned him the Player of the Match award for his 8/113 against Bangladesh.
Despite being India’s key spinner for the global mega event, he will miss the opening two ODIs against Australia.
Speaking to the press after releasing the squad for the Australia games, Agarkar described Kuldeep as a player with a unique skill set and stated that the team management’s faith and confidence were bearing fruit.
“I spent a couple of years with him in the IPL,” Agarkar explained. “You can tell he’s a guy with a unique skill set. Every player requires faith and confidence, which the Indian team management has provided. And it’s probably visible on the field right now.”
Kuldeep was India’s crucial card, according to Agarkar, and most teams regarded him as a formidable opponent.
“You may witness in various conditions against diverse opponents. He’s one of India’s trump cards. So we’re very delighted for him and excited to watch what he’s doing on the cricket field right now.
“And hopefully he can keep doing that, because most teams clearly find him difficult to play against.” We’re all quite enthused about what’s to come.”
India’s 15-man roster for the upcoming Cricket World Cup has been revealed. In addition to Kuldeep, their spin alternatives include Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel.
Following their three-match ODI series against Australia, India will play two warm-up matches against England and the Netherlands. They begin their World Cup campaign against Australia on October 8 in Chennai.