IPL 2022: Mohammad Kaif expresses his feelings on the treatment of Indian spinners.© BCCI/IPL
Not playing a single match during the IPL 2021, Kuldeep Yadav was released by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) after their campaign ended in defeat to the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the final. The rotor was bought by Delhi Capitals (DC) during the IPL mega auction at a price of Rs 2 crore and has since taken IPL 2022 sharply. The Indian midfielder received the ‘Player of the Match’ award for his outstanding performance in the win against Mumbai Indians (MI) in Match 2, at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif praised Kuldeep’s performance against Mumbai and also criticized KKR for their treatment of the bowler.
Speaking to Sportskeeda, he said, “Kuldeep Yadav is a proven match winner. But he is someone who also needs to be managed well. He is quite emotional and feels humbled if he is not given bowling or dropped from the team.”
“The way he was treated at KKR when Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan were captains, he was once told to sit at home and not in the squad. When you behave like this, any match winner will feel the pressure”, he added.
MI could only record 177 for five in 20 overs, with Kuldeep taking three wickets in four overs. He took into account the major dismissals of Rohit Sharma, Anmolpreet Singh and Kieron Pollard.
Chasing the 178 -run target, an unbeaten pairing between Lalit Yadav and Axar Patel helped Delhi reach 179 for six in 18.2 overs.
Lalit recorded 48 runs 38 balls and was undefeated. Meanwhile, Axar got 38 runs out instead of just 17 deliveries.
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