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Kuldeep Yadav had a wonderful ODI series against South Africa, picking up 6 wickets and finishing as the highest wicket-taker. He bowled a good spell of 1 for 39 from his eight-over spell in the first ODI, including a cracker of a delivery that turned big to bowl Aiden Markram. He again delivered the goods in the second ODI where he picked up 1 for 49 in his nine-over spell. He saved his best for the third ODI where he ran through South Africa’s lower order in the third game in Delhi. He picked up 4 for 18 in his 4.1 overs which resulted in South Africa getting bundled out for 99.
Speaking at the post-match press conference Kuldeep said that he is not looking too far ahead and that he wants to focus on the present and take it one step at a time. He also said that he is not putting extra pressure on himself by thinking about the 50-over World Cup that will take place in India in 2023.
“The World Cup is far away, and I am not very concerned about it. I have become more practical than before and focus only on the series I play in,” Kuldeep was quoted as saying in the post-match press conference. “Having played in a number of ODIs and T20Is, I have got an idea of how to bowl in white-ball cricket. Before the World Cup, we will play quite a few series and my aim will be to keep performing well,” he added.
In the presser, he also said that he was not fussed about not being selected for the 20-20 World Cup in Australia. Kuldeep has got hattricks against Australia and West Indies respectively in 50-over cricket. Kuldeep recently made headlines when he took a hat trick in an unofficial One Dayer against New Zealand A.
He formed a dominant pairing with Yuzvendra Chahal which was known as ‘Kulcha’. The two wrist spinners were very successful in getting wickets in the middle overs for India before they got separated after the 2019 World Cup.