India leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav struggled in the first two ODIs against England and was replaced by pacer T Natarajan for the final ODI. The left-arm spinner did not pick any wickets in the two games. In the first ODI, he was hit for 68 runs in 9 overs. On Friday, Kuldeep was hammered for 84 runs in 10.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has said that Kuldeep Yadav has not got better with time and has indicated that it’s a major reason why he struggled .The left-arm spinner did not pick up wickets in the two games. In the first ODI, he was hit for 68 runs in 9 overs. On Friday, Kuldeep was hammered for 84 runs in 10 and was replaced by Natarajan.
‘There is no MS Dhoni to help Kuldeep from behind the Stumps’
Vaughan also said that there is no MS Dhoni to help him from behind the stumps anymore. “Clearly, when MS Dhoni was behind the stumps, he (Kuldeep) had a captain and a think tank who could help him out,” Vaughan said on Cricbuzz
“I think, more so, it was the fact that Kuldeep Yadav was not seen by many teams, and he probably surprised many teams. And MS Dhoni behind the stumps intimidated the batsmen anyway because he is MS Dhoni. Looking at him, I don’t think he got better. He’s probably stayed at the same level. In IPL cricket, if international cricket, if you are not bringing something different to your game, particularly as a leg-spinner – a subtle variation, change in pace, an angle change – so, I think he has been found out a bit,” Vaughan said.
“He has stayed at the same pace, very very slow. He’s got a slow leg-spinner and slow googly. These players got all technology to watch delivery over and over again on the video screen. They can see absolutely everything – any clues Kuldeep Yadav gives before he bowls those deliveries. I don’t think he has not brought anything new to his game. The challenge for him is to go to the IPL and bring in something different,” he added.