He may have to leave the Indian camp on a bitter note, a few cricketers who are ruling the pitch these days are ‘product’ of former coach Anil Kumble, believes India’s discarded batsman Suresh Raina.
“Kuldeep (Yadav) is doing very well and the credit goes to Anil Bhai (Anil Kumble). He worked really hard on him,” Raina said on Thursday.
Explaining further, Raina added: “I was talking to him (Kuldeep) in the IPL and he always used to message Anil Bhai. He is the product of Anil Kumble.”
However, the wrist spinner recently accredited Aussie spinners Shane Warne and Brad Hogg for his success.
Talking about Hogg, with whom he was associated in the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) camp in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Kuldeep had said: “I’ve been with Hogg in KKR for two seasons, I’ve learnt a lot from him as well. I still talk to Hogg on my bowling.”
Calling Warne his role model, the Indian spinner added: “I’ve followed Shane Warne since childhood. He’s my idol. My life will be a success if I could achieve 50 per cent of what he has achieved. I stay in touch with him.”
“Both played a very important role in my career. It’s very important when you talk with senior players who have played a lot and legends in their games. Your career gets a boost even if you gain some experience from them,” Kuldeep had said.
Raina didn’t have a strange say on Kuldeep’s claim as he added: “He (Kuldeep) has done well with (former Australian chinaman) Brad Hogg. He is the guy who will change everything in the bowling department.”
The 22-year-old Chinaman from Kanpur has impressed one and all in a short span of time. Besides an ODI hat-trick, Kuldeep carries 32 wickets in his kitty from 17 international matches.