Sydney: Backing his case, Kuldeep Yadav reckons it may not be a bad idea to play him in the series-opening day-night Test against Australia. He said batsmen often find spinners ‘difficult to read’ under lights. “I feel it’s difficult to read spinners at night, because if a spinner uses variations it’s not always easy to spot the seam position of the ball. That can be an advantage for us,” Kuldeep Yadav was quoted as saying in ‘KKR.In’.
This incidentally will be India’s first day-night Test overseas, having played their maiden one in Kolkata in 2019.
“I have never experienced a pink ball match outside India. So, it will be exciting to see how it goes,” Kuldeep stated.
Kuldeep however, was quick to add that in the longest format, a bowler will need to have loads of patience. “A lot of us, having played so much T20 cricket of late, will have to be patient when playing Test cricket. Mental toughness is very important. When switching to the longer format, you sometimes tend to try too many things too quickly. Wickets don’t come easy in Test cricket, so patience is the key,” pointed out Kuldeep.
Kuldeep was asked about the advice he received from spin legend Shane Warne, whom he idolizes. Kuldeep said Warne had asked him to always wear a smile on his face to hide the ‘stress’. “He has shared a lot of valuable inputs about bowling over the years, but mainly, he talks about mental preparation,” said Kuldeep.