Kuldeep Yadav, the Indian spinner, lauded Rahul Dravid for believing in him. He made an impressive comeback for Team India in the opening game against Sri Lanka on Sunday, July 18 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
He dismissed Minod Bhanuka and Bhanuka Rajapaksha and gave away just 48 runs from his nine overs. Speaking after the match, Kuldeep revealed the role played by Dravid in his comeback.
“Pressure and nervousness are always there when you play. I was playing after a long time. Initially, there were a lot of conversations, Rahul sir backed and motivated me a lot. He talked about enjoying the game, believing in the process that we worked on in the last fifteen days without worrying about the result. I am very happy about the good performance,” Kuldeep was quoted as saying.
He didn’t get the single game in the first leg of the 2021 Indian Premier League, Kuldeep also spoke about the difficulties of living in the bio-bubble.
“It’s difficult to stay in the bubble for a long time but when you are not playing, a lot of doubts creep into your mind. Perhaps, there are a lot of people who want to help you, talk to you, but the more you talk the more doubts are created. But it’s a team sport, sometimes you get the chance, sometimes you don’t. You should just wait for that opportunity,” he added.
India chased down 263 with ease. While Shikhar Dhawan scored an unbeaten 86 off 95 balls, Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan slammed 43 and 59 respectively.